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The early season tournament season is under way, first with the NIT Tip-Off and now the Puerto Rico Classic, beginning Thursday.

The even in San Juan will be a proving ground for the major teams involved. For NC State, it’s a chance to prove the Wolfpack belong in the national elite. For Oklahoma State, Tennessee and UMass, it’s a chance to prove they’re ready to contend for the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s our preview of the action down in Puerto Rico

Overriding question: Can NC State deliver on preseason promise?
After adding McDonald’s All-American Rodney Purvis to Sweet 16 veterans C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown, the Wolfpack will be under the microscope early this season. Being picked by ACC coaches to win the league (Athlon picked NC State second after Duke) only ramped up expectations. NC State will be tested, though, in San Juan. If NC State is indeed an ACC title contender, the Wolfpack should make easy work of its side of the bracket, but Oklahoma State and Tennessee -- both hopeful to return to the NCAA Tournament -- are stocked with talent. Emerge from this field, and NC State will be on its way to delivering on expectations. Fail, and Mark Gottfried’s team will have questions into games against Michigan and Connecticut.

Intriguing matchup: Oklahoma State vs. Tennessee in the semifinal
Both have realistic hopes of returning to the NCAA Tournament after falling short last season. A potential meeting between the two teams Friday could be telling. Oklahoma State added freshman point guard Marcus Smart to the mix this season. He could be a stabilizing force who make the talent around him better. That seemed to be the case in the opener when Smart had seven assists and eight points in the 73-65 win over UC Davis. Tennessee was green to start last season but improved enough to go 10-6 in the SEC. That wasn’t enough for an NCAA Tourney bid, but it built plenty of momentum for the Volunteers’ this season.

Player to watch: Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
Stokes was a major reason for the Vols’ resurgence late in the season, so how his presence for a full season lifts Cuonzo Martin’s team will be worth watching. In Puerto Rico, Stokes will be even more the focal point as fellow forward Jeronne Maymon misses the remainder of the month while recovering from knee surgery. Together, Stokes and Maymon form the SEC’s top frontcourt. For the time being, Stokes is going to have to get used to double and triple teams.

San Juan, Puerto Rico
Dates: Thursday-Sunday
First-round games (All times Eastern)
Akron vs. Oklahoma St., 10:30 a.m., ESPNU
UNC Asheville vs. Tennessee, noon, ESPNU
NC State vs. Penn State, 5 p.m., ESPN2
Providence vs. UMass, 7:30 p.m., ESPNU
Final: Sunday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2
Top potential matchup for the final:
NC State vs. Tennessee
Bracket (.pdf)

Individual matchup to watch: Penn State’s Tim Frazier vs. NC State’s Lorenzo Brown
Brown, the top point guard in the ACC, will be worth watching throughout the tournament. He’ll open with Tim Frazier, who’s a one-man show for a team that’s going to struggle to win games in the Big Ten this season. From there, Brown could face UMass’ 5-foot-9 dynamo Chaz Williams and potentially either Tennessee’s Trae Golden or Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.

Freshman to watch: Rodney Purvis, NC State
The McDonald’s All-American is the only new face in the NC State starting lineup, which returns four starters from last season. Brown, Leslie and forward Richard Howell will shoulder more of the load than Purvis, so he needs to be more of a complementary player. At least in the opener, he thrived in that role.

Mid-major to watch: UMass
The Minutemen already had a close call this season, scoring the final eight points in a 67-64 win over Harvard on Tuesday. Point guard Chaz Williams scored 12 points and added 10 assists, the last of which off a drive to the basket to Sampson Carter for the game-winning three-pointer against the Crimson. The Minutemen draw Providence, who will struggle to win games without point guard Vincent Council.

By David Fox


<p> Tournament preview: NC State under pressure in Puerto Rico</p>
Post date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 17:40
All taxonomy terms: Overtime, News
Path: /overtime/top-20-national-sports-talk-radio-shows

Much like music or movies, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder when it comes to analyzing sports talk radio. As someone who was raised listening to sports talk all over the country and going to sporting events all over this great nation (thanks Dad), the radio dial was entrenched into my soul at a young age.

Then I took it to another level by taking my first job out of college working for Sirius Satellite Radio on Rivals Radio as a morning show producer. Needless to say, sports talk radio is ingrained in my DNA and is a part of who I am today. As a sports writer and radio host for nearly 10 years, I feel uniquely qualified to cast my ballot in this election, so here is my personal ranking of the best national sports talk radio programs. 

And there is little competition for the top slot in my opinion:

1. The Dan Patrick Show
Who/When: Dan Patrick and the Dannettes, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ET
Network: Fox Sports Radio Network, DirecTV Sports Group
There is one show and one man who stand above the rest when it comes to national sports talk radio. No one cares more about his audience, conducts better interviews, has more fun and does it with the better guests on tricked out sets at sick on-site locations. Dan and his band of merry Dannettes have redefined how sports fans consume sports talk radio programming. Be it gorgeous in-studio appearances by super models, a good-natured rivalry with ESPN, multiple man caves and an innovative HD TV simulcast, fans get the most in-depth, insightful and entertaining sports programming ever created. You can watch @DPShow on the DirecTV's Audience Network and on NBC Sports Network.

2. Mike and Mike in the Morning
Who/When: Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, 6-10 a.m. ET
Network: ESPN Radio
Few shows have more power and backing than M&M In the Morning. They are consummate professionals who are as polished a radio duo as we have ever seen in the business. The show can be a bit cheesy at times but that is who they are, they embrace it and it works. Guest lists are huge, radio bits are masterfully produced and ESPN’s backing means this program has more built-in resources than any other program on the airwaves. Be prepared to be inundated with sponsors and ads, but that comes with the lofty ratings territory @MikeAndMike enjoy.

3. The Doug Gottlieb Show
Who/When: Doug Gottlieb, 3-6 p.m. ET
Network: CBS Sports Radio
Sharp, quippy and eager to lock opinions with any and all comers, Gottlieb brings a smart intellect and astute ability to craft an opinion to the CBS Sports Radio family. He played basketball at Notre Dame and Oklahoma State before getting started in the media for ESPN. Many athletes are smart, funny and hard-working enough to develop into excellent radio co-hosts, but few can do a solo show as the host like Gottlieb. Hosting and co-hosting are two totally different skill sets. If you want NCAA basketball information and conversation, there might not be a better place to turn than @GottliebShow.

4. The SiriusXM Blitz
Who/When: Adam Schein and Rich Gannon, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET
Network: SiriusXM NFL Radio Ch. 88
You may not love Adam Schein’s voice all the time, but his radio program is gold. Super Bowl quarterback Rich Gannon and the long-time New York-based broadcaster bring a level of insight and information to the NFL arena like nowhere else on the radio dial. @AdamSchein has worked for WFAN and Fox Sports before starting his gig on SiriusXM as well as his nightly SNY television program "Loud Mouths" with Chris Carlin at 6 p.m. ET. If you want exclusive NFL sports talk radio, there is no better place to tune than SiriusXM Channel 88 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. ET every day.

5. SVP and Russillo
Who/When: Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Russillo, 1-4 p.m. ET
Network: ESPN Radio
Scott Van Pelt is following in many classic SportsCenter anchors' footsteps in going from the TV set to the radio booth. He is extremely fair, balanced, willing to listen and generally entertaining. SVP added co-host Ryen Russillo in May of 2009. @RyenaRussillo adds his own flair to the show after working in the northeast for most of his career. @NotTheFakeSVP's love of college sports (and the Maryland Terrapins) makes this one popular amongst the collegiate faithful out there. There are some hilarious bits like “Carl’s Stone Cold Lock of the Century of the Week” from famous "Aqua Team Hunger Force" cartoon character Carl. This is a reasonable, thoughtful and entertaining program and can be followed at @SVPandRussillo.

6. 247 Sports Radio On Campus
Who/When: Bill King, 6-9 a.m. ET
Network: SiriusXM College Sports Nation Ch. 91
The VOX of College Sports, @BillIsKing has forgotten more about college football than every other host on this list have ever known… combined. His depth of knowledge has been built over two decades in the radio business, headquartered in the heart of the Southeast in Nashville, Tenn. He was a heavy-hitter in the national football recruiting business long before the Internet made star rankings chic. King is armed with a deep and often hilarious vocabulary and the ability to form unwavering and rational opinions about the sport he so clearly loves. If you are a college football fan, this is easily the best show on the airwaves. Don’t expect to be overwhelmed with cheesy gimmicks or promotional bits, as this is a no-frills program. And unlike many national shows, expect to have your voice heard as phone calls are part of King’s plan.

7. The Steve Czaban Show
Who/When: Steve Czaban, 6-10 a.m. ET
Network: Yahoo! Sports Radio
A two-decade mainstay in sports talk radio, @Czabe has worked in Santa Barbara, Chicago, Milwaukee, Charlotte, D.C. and for Fox Sports Radio, Sporting News and ESPN Radio. When Yahoo! Sports Radio took over Sporting News, Czaban was tabbed as the morning drivetime host of choice. Various bits like The Daily Czabe, Mancrush, Lock It Up have kept the Round Hill, Va., native in the business for nearly 20 years.

8. The Tim Brando Show
Who/When: Tim Brando, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Network: Yahoo! Sports Radio, CBS Sports Radio
If you can handle the ocassional pomp and circumstance, @TimBrando show is one of the nation’s best for a couple of reasons. First, he cares. His love of sports, college football in particular, comes through in every segment he does. His long tenure in national broadcasting with ESPN, Turner Sports, Fox Sports Net and CBS Sports gives him a unique and historic perspective on all sports.

9. The Jim Rome Show
Who/When: Jim Rome, 12-3 p.m. ET
Network: CBS Sports Radio and Premiere Radio Network
Few people have ever had the clout, ratings and compensation that @jimrome boasts in this business. However, he has done so appealing to the lowest common denominator. There is rarely any middle ground with Rome, as fans either hate his overplayed shtick or crave his extremely popular bits like the infamous Smack-off. Few people are as powerful in sports as Rome. But his radio show isn’t for everyone.

10. The Nick and Artie Show
Who/When: Artie Lange and Nick DiPaolo, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. ET
Network: Premiere Radio Network, DirecTV Sports Group
This program easily has the least amount of sports content, but it is no less entertaining. DiPaolo and Lange aren’t professional radio hosts, but they are both elite level entertainers, comedians and guy’s guys. Gorgeous women, music, comedy and a killer TV simulcast on DirecTV’s Audience Network have quickly made @NickandArtie a late night gem.

11. Colin Cowherd, ESPN Radio, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET
Extremely thoughtful and well-spoken host who makes a living stirring the pot.

12. Mad Dog Unleashed (Chris Russo), SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio Ch. 86, 2-7 p.m. ET
Former NYC radio star has moved his powerful rants to the satellite airwaves.

13. Inside Pitch (Casey Stern, Jim Bowden), SiriusXM MLB Network Radio Ch. 89, 2-6 p.m. ET
Longtime journalist and MLB GM take calls, break news and analyze America's pastime.

14. The Morning Drive (Mike Bagley, Pete Pistone), SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90, 7-11 a.m. ET
Entertaining, lively and extremely well-informed. If you like racing, this show needs to be on your dial.

15. Paul Finebaum, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, College Sports Nation Ch. 91, 2-7 p.m. ET
If you enjoy rival fans lobbing hate-filled rants at each other, tune in. Otherwise, be careful.

Others to note:

Loose Cannons (Pat O’Brien, Vic Jacobs, Steve Hartman), Fox Sports Radio, 3-7 p.m. ET

Travis Rodgers NOW, Yahoo! Sports Radio, 1-4 p.m. ET

The John Kincade Show, ESPN Radio, 7-10 p.m. ET

The John Feinstein Show, CBS Sports Radio, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. ET

Ferrall On the Bench (Scott Ferrall), CBS Sports Radio, 10 p.m.-2 p.m. ET

Movin The Chains (Pat Kirwan, Tim Ryan), SiriusXM NFL Radio Ch. 88, 3-7 p.m. ET

— By Braden Gall


<p> Top 15 National Sports Talk Radio Shows</p>
Post date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 13:00
All taxonomy terms: NFL, NBA, MLB, Overtime
Path: /nfl/10-most-underpaid-athletes-2012

It could be argued that everyone in sports is overpaid. But compared to the amount of money being made by leagues, owners and even other players, there are some who deserve considerably more money than they are currently making.

1. Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
2012 salary (scholarship): $57,805
The average Notre Dame undergraduate student expense budget (according to includes $42,971 in tuition and fees, $11,934 in room and board, $1,200 in personal expenses, $950 in books and supplies, and $750 in transportation. That’s a lot of gold flake. Even better, the senior design major is on pace to graduate from Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters — after graduating from Honolulu’s Punahou School, the same high school as President Barack Obama.

On the other side of the gold coin, the Te’o-led No. 2 ranked scoring defense (11.1 ppg) in the country has led the Fighting Irish to a 10–0 start and all but secured a BCS bowl berth — and roughly $20 million payout — for Notre Dame. Te’o is one of the most important players in ND history. The Heisman Trophy candidate middle linebacker has led Notre Dame back into the national title hunt and returned the Irish to legitimate NBC “must see TV” national prominence. What is the value of that?

2. Buster Posey, C, San Francisco Giants
2012 salary: $615,000
The Giants have won the World Series in both of Posey’s healthy seasons in the big leagues — beating the Texas Rangers during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2010 and taking down the Detroit Tigers during his NL batting champ (.336) season in 2012. Along with being award-worthy, Posey is the club’s heart and soul behind the plate, managing one of the best pitching staffs in all of baseball.

3. Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels
2012 salary: $480,000
The 20-year-old first-year phenom had one of the greatest rookie seasons in history — hitting .326 with 30 HRs and 83 RBIs, while leading the AL in with 49 stolen bases and 129 runs scored. And he did so at 1/25th of the price of free-agent teammate Albert Pujols ($12 million in 2012). After falling out of the sky to the Angels at No. 25 overall in the 2009 MLB Draft, the Jersey boy made less than the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore in 2012.

4. Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
2012 salary: $390,000
The heir to the Peyton Manning throne in Indy, Luck is making rookie minimum. But thanks to his $14.52 million signing bonus, Luck counts $4.015 million against the cap this year after factoring in his base salary and $3.63 million prorated signing bonus. The No. 1 overall pick has a 6–3 record over his first nine games and the Colts are jockeying for Wild Card position in the AFC Playoffs. Meanwhile, Manning is cashing an $18 million check in 2012 to kick-start his five-year, $96 million behemoth contract with the Denver Broncos.

5. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
2012 salary: $390,000
Clearly, RG3 is not hurting financially, with adidas and Subway spokesman money rolling in. And even his base salary for 2012 is misleading, considering the $13.8 million signing bonus for the No. 2 overall pick. All told, Griffin is a $3.84 million cap hit for the Redskins this season — a bargain for an electrifying face of the franchise who has posted 2,522 total yards, 14 total TDs and five turnovers over the first nine games of his career.

6. David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay Rays
2012 salary: $4.35 million
Phillies lefty Cole Hamels just signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension that will pay him $19.5 million in 2013 and $22.5 million in each of the following five seasons. Yankees lefty CC Sabathia made $23 million in 2012 and will do every season until 2016, when the number jumps to $25 million. That’s the going rate for ace-caliber lefties, especially one with Price’s stats — at 27-year-old, 6’6”, 220-pounder coming off a year in which he had a 20–5 record, 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 205 strikeouts in 211 innings.   

7. Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
2012 salary: $7 million
The Brew Crew wisely locked up Braun before he was arbitration eligible, a move that was mutually beneficial. Braun got more money up front than Milwaukee had to pay, while the Brewers made the correct long-term gamble that their 2007 Rookie of the Year had MVP potential — which was realized in 2011. This past season was nearly as good, as Braun hit .319 with a career-high 41 HRs and 112 RBIs, with 30 stolen bases and 108 runs scored, all at a discounted rate.

8. J.J. Watt, DE, Houston Texans
2012 salary: $885,795
The leading candidate for Defensive Player of the Year counts $2.55 million against the cap for the Texans, with his base salary and $1.67 million prorated signing bonus. But that’s chump change compared to the type of money lesser players are getting on the open market. This past offseason, Mario Williams inked a six-year, $96 million contract with $50 million guaranteed from the Buffalo Bills. As the No. 11 overall pick in 2011, Watt has clearly outplayed his draft status — with 10.5 sacks, 10 pass deflections and countless disrupted plays in his second season.

9. Ray Allen, SG, Miami Heat
2012 salary: $3.09 million
The silky-smooth-shooting Jesus Shuttlesworth pulled a Judas by turning down a contract with the Boston Celtics that was reportedly worth twice as much annually as the one he signed with the rival Heat. Kevin Garnett won’t shake his hand or look him in the eye, but Miami loves looking at the bottom line for sweet Ray. It’s early, but Allen is sharpshooting to the tune of 56.7 percent from 3-point land and 87.5 percent from the free throw line.

10. Tiger Woods, Golfer
2012 salary: $6.13 million
Granted, Tiger’s earnings are based on his performance on the course. In 2012, Eldrick won three PGA Tour events, had nine top-10 finishes and made the cut in 17-of-19 events played. But consider the ripple effect Tiger has on the game of golf, including tournament attendance, television ratings and sponsorship dollars. Tiger is a one-man brand who largely carries the PGA Tour on his back. He represents more than just “another player.” Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant ($27.85 million) and New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter ($16 million) are both representative of a role bigger than just one spot on a roster — and are paid accordingly. Tiger, however, is not.

RELATED: 10 Most Overpaid Athletes in 2012

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Post date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 05:42
All taxonomy terms: NFL
Path: /nfl/2013-nfl-draft-rankings-outside-linebackers

It is never too early to begin looking ahead to next year's NFL Draft. Each year a unique set of prospects enters the professional ranks with a chance to make an immediate impact on the country's most powerful sport. The 2013 NFL Draft won’t be any different.

Today, we rank college football's best outside linebacker prospects:

1. Jarvis Jones, Georgia (6-2, 240, Jr.)
The star Bulldog defender isn't a true outside linebacker in the 4-3 sense, but he is undoubtedly one of the most talented pass rushers in the nation. He is a perfect fit in the 3-4 as a hybrid James Harrison-type of player. He is a tenacious (just pop in the tape of the Missouri or Florida games from 2012) blitz backer who can play in space if need be. He isn't as big as some other hybrids of recent memory, but he makes up for it with elite level quickness and explosion. He can't really "grow" into a 4-3 defensive end and his strengths aren't suited for the traditional 4-3 OLB either, but his skill set is perfect for the outside 3-4 backer that is used off of the edge to make plays. If he can prove the health issues aren't reoccurring, he is a surefire starter in year one at the professional level. He posted back-to-back double-digit sack totals and led the nation in QB takedowns as only a sophomore.

2. CJ Mosley, Alabama (6-2, 230, Jr.)
Mosley is a traditional 4-3 outside backer who could really play anywhere in the linebacking corps — and in any system. Bama runs a 3-4 but is lined-up in a traditional 4-3 more than usual, so Mosley has experience in any scheme. He is quick, powerful, extremely well coached and has competed at the highest level, winning a national championship as a junior. Athlon Sports rated him as the No. 5 inside linebacker, so the movement on his stock should be intriguing as scouts decide where they like him best. Simply put, he makes plays. Constantly. 

3. Arthur Brown, Kansas State (6-1, 228, Sr.)
Some have Brown listed inside at middle linebacker, but he may not have the size to stick at the position. He does, however, have the instincts and pedigree to be successful at the next level. It took him a while to get started after transferring from Miami (Fla.) back home to Kansas State, where he has developed into a star on a team that has competed for league championships the two seasons Brown has started. He is a tremendous all-around athlete and competitor who, with a few extra pounds of strength, should be a lights-out defender on the next level. He could have entered the draft last year, but as KSU keeps winning, his stock continues to improve. 

4. Chase Thomas, Stanford (6-4, 250, Sr.)
When star middle linebacker Shayne Skov was lost for the season in 2011, it was Thomas who stepped in and became the centerpiece of the Cardinal defense. He constantly plays behind the line of scrimmage and has a huge, powerful frame. He has excelled in the traditional 4-3 outside position in college, but his size and instincts give him Clay Matthews-type of skills. He is a fundamentally sound athlete who rarely is out of position and has little downside after roughly 50 tackles for loss and over 23 sacks in his college career. All of that on the most physical, stingiest defensive front West of the Mississippi — one that has won a ton of games.

5. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers (6-1, 230, Sr.)
Stable. Athletic. Fast. Dependable. And in the modern NFL world of speed and passing attacks, Greene's speed and athleticism make him an intriguing upside prospect. He played safety in his first two seasons and, after some added bulk, he shifted closer to the line of scrimmage to get his play-making talents around the football. He played on the league's top defense and if Greg Schiano wasn't already loaded with young linebackers, he wouldn't pass on the tackler he recruited and coached at Rutgers.

6. Anthony Barr, UCLA (6-4, 235, Jr.)
This is a talented upside prospect whose stock is going skyrocket during the offseason and in combine workouts. He is a freakish size and speed combination who could have been used at half a dozen positions at UCLA. He settled in as one of the Pac-12 most explosive pass rushers. He is more of a project and will likely need to develop, but his raw athletic ability is obvious. He is currently a hybrid 3-4 outside backer but Barr has the frame to potentially grow into a more traditional 4-3 end should the need arise. 

7. Sean Porter, Texas A&M (6-2, 230, Sr.)
Von Miller Porter is not. But he did have an excellent junior season filling the pass-rushing void left by Miller's departure. However, the Aggies shifted to a 4-3 under a new coaching staff and Porter was shifted into a more traditional 4-3 outside role. He simply isn't asked to rush the passer at all. Scouts will have to decide if his position experience is a good thing (meaning versatility) or a bad thing (limited to one thing). He has plenty of talent, but only time will tell how his position shift impacted his draft stock.

8. Trent Murphy, Stanford (6-6, 246, Jr.)
The first thing scouts will notice about Murphy is his raw size. He easily could develop into a defensive end should he exhibit the sturdiness needed to play against the run at the NFL level. His size allows him to project to multiple positions in multiple fronts and, should he test well at the combine, his stock could see significant growth. His defenses have been incredible at Stanford and his teams simply win. That said, he has been just a part of a loaded Stanford front that could feature at least two other NFL picks in the front seven.

9. Gerald Hodges, Penn State (6-2, 240, Sr.)
The Penn State tackler might be the last elite outside linebacker prospect. Hodges has defined the traditional outside linebacker position on a traditional 4-3 defense. He has excellent athletic ability and has been successful in all phases of the game — blitzing the passer, playing physical and disciplined against the run, and fluid and quick in space. Some added bulk and strength would push him up draft boards fairly quickly.

10. Jamie Collins, Southern Miss (6-3, 240, Sr.)
The undersized defensive end has been stellar in his time at Southern Miss to the point of being unblockable as a senior this fall. He is incredibly disruptive and constantly is playing behind enemy lines in the backfield, including on special teams. He likely won't be thought of as a true defensive end and instead could be destined for the hybrid role on the outside of a 3-4 scheme. He will have to overcome the level of competition criticism as Conference USA offensive tackles aren't exactly a proving ground of NFL talent. Does he have the athleticism to make the speed and position transition at the next level?

11. Travis Long, Washington State (6-4, 245, Sr.)
Hybrid rush end has been productive in the face of major locker room issues.

12. Jelani Jenkins, Florida (6-0, 238, Jr.)
Must display tremendous heart, toughness and physicality to play at his size. Tremendous athlete though.

13. Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6-3, 235, Jr.)
Dependable, physical, well-coached player who has little downside.

14. Jonathan Brown, Illinois (6-1, 235, Jr.)
Rated as the No. 11 inside linebacker, as he has seen his stock slip on a bad team.

15. Zavier Gooden, Missouri (6-2, 230, Sr.)
Freaky athlete who is extremely developed physically. Will be watched closely.

16. Travardo Williams, UConn (6-1, 235, Sr.)
17. Khalil Mack, Buffalo (6-3, 345, Jr.)
18. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (6-2, 240, Jr.)
19. Mike Taylor, Wisconsin (6-2, 225, Sr.)
20. James Morris, Iowa (6-2, 230, Sr.)
21. Cameron Lawrence, Mississippi State (6-2, 230, Sr.)
22. Jake Knott, Iowa State (6-2, 240, Sr.)
23. Alonzo Highsmith, Arkansas (6-0, 235, Sr.)
24. Cornelius Washington, Georgia (6-4, 265, Sr.)
25. DeVonte Holloman, South Carolina (6-2, 240, Sr.)

- by Braden Gall


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<p> 2013 NFL Draft Rankings: Outside Linebackers</p>
Post date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 05:00
All taxonomy terms: Fantasy Football, NFL, Fantasy, News
Path: /nfl/2012-fantasy-football-waiver-wire-week-11

It’s Week 11 of the NFL season, which marks the end of the bye weeks. This is the last week that a fantasy owner has to worry about something other than an injury or possible benching impacting their roster. With no Giants, Seahawks, Titans or Vikings available this week, here are some possible waiver wire options worth considering as you prepare your team for Week 11.

Week 11 Positional Rankings

Week 11 Start or Sit

Bye week teams: Minnesota, New York Giants, Seattle, Tennessee

Week 10 Recap: Ryan Fitzpatrick and Russell Wilson both had solid games as Fitzpatrick threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns (along with two turnovers) in the Bills’ loss to the Patriots, while Wilson posted his third straight game with at least two touchdown passes (along with 222 yards of offense) in the win against the Jets.

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
Bradford’s numbers (2,072-10-7) are far from spectacular, but he has a couple of things going for him. One, he’s had 250 or more passing yards in three of his last four games, including Sunday’s 275-yard, two touchdown effort in the tie against San Francisco. Bradford also welcomed back top target Danny Amendola from injury, and he proceeded to hook up with him 11 times for 102 yards. This Sunday’s match up against the Jets isn’t the most appealing, but it does come at home where Bradford has a 7:5 touchdown-to-interception ratio in four games.

Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Three different starting quarterbacks left their games on Sunday with a concussion and didn’t return. Though it’s too early to tell, there could be three backup quarterbacks getting the call this week. In fact, the Monday night game in San Francisco could feature a battle of the backups as Kaepernick may get the start in place of Alex Smith and Jason Campbell could be under center for Chicago instead of Jay Cutler. There’s also Nick Foles, who could get his first career start for Philadelphia on the road against Washington. Even with the prospect of having to face the Bears’ defense, I like Kaepernick of the three backup options because of his versatility and the fact he’s seen more playing time than either Campbell or certainly Foles. Given the situations, any of the three should only be considered in the deepest of leagues or those that start more than one quarterback in their lineup.

Running Backs
Week 10 Recap: Mike Goodson didn’t even play on Sunday as the high ankle sprain he suffered last week kept him sidelined, opening the door for Marcel Reece (see below). Isaac Redman got the start, but Jonathan Dwyer finished with more carries (19 to 8) and rushing yards (56 to 21). Lance Dunbar gained 20 yards on six carries, as Felix Jones carried the load (16 att., 71 yds., 3 rec., 22 yds, TD) for the Cowboys.

Kendall Hunter, San Francisco 49ers
Frank Gore rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in the tie against St. Louis, but he also took another shot to his still-tender ribs. Should Gore miss any time, Hunter is presumably the next in line. Hunter has seen a fair amount of action this season, averaging seven carries per game and five yards per carry. The only caveats as they apply to Hunter’s outlook for this week are that there’s a chance that Colin Kaepernick (see above) will be the 49ers’ starting quarterback instead of Alex Smith and the match up with the Chicago Bears’ defense. Kaepernick is more of a threat to run the ball, as evidenced by his eight carries for 66 yards on Sunday against the Rams (Hunter had three attempts), while the Bears are fourth in the league in rushing defense. Still, if anything Hunter is a must-have handcuff for Gore owners and someone worth keeping an eye on once the fantasy playoffs begin, especially if the 49ers clinch a playoff spot early.

Marcel Reece, Oakland Raiders
Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson both missed Sunday’s game in Baltimore with high ankle sprains. This opened the door for Reece, who has already proven his worth as a receiver, to do most of the heavy lifting. Reece, a fullback by trade, led the Raiders in both carries (13) and receptions (7) in the 55-20 loss to the Ravens. Reece finished with 104 total yards and even if McFadden or Goodson return this week against New Orleans, he would be worth consideration as a flex option at the very least because of his role in the Raiders’ passing game.

James Starks, Green Bay Packers
Injuries kept Starks off of the field until Week 6, but after rushing for a team-high 61 yards on 17 carries in Week 9 against Arizona, he looks ready to handle more of the load for Green Bay. The Packers have struggled to find consistency with their rushing attack, even before Cedric Benson went down with a foot injury. This includes Alex Green, who got the chance to show what he could do following Benson’s injury, but reports are that Starks will get his shot as the Packers come off of their bye week. Green Bay plays in Detroit on Sunday and if Starks is given the starting job, he may be worth taking a flyer on, especially if you are without the services of Adrian Peterson, Marshawn Lynch, Chris Johnson or Ahmad Bradshaw this week.

Wide Receivers
Week 10 Recap: Danario Alexander caught five passes for 134 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, while Danny Amendola returned from injury to lead the Rams with 11 receptions for 102 yards. Davone Bess hauled in four passes for 53 yards and Justin Blackmon managed just three receptions for 25 yards, both in losing efforts. On the other hand, Emmanuel Sanders had just two receptions for 30 yards, but most importantly, his Steelers got a hard-fought 16-13 overtime win over the Chiefs.

Harry Douglas, Atlanta Falcons
Julio Jones left Sunday’s game in New Orleans with a shin injury. He returned after missing a quarter, but his health is something worth watching this week. If Jones were to miss a game or even if he’s somewhat limited while on the field, Douglas would be next man up. Douglas was third on the team with seven targets against the Saints and finished with four receptions for 49 yards. With as much success as the Falcons have had throwing the ball, Douglas’ value would instantly increase should he slide into the starting wide receiver spot alongside Roddy White.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Oakland Raiders
Heyward-Bey has 74 or more receiving yards in the four games since his return from a concussion and he has caught a touchdown in two of his past three outings. While Denarius Moore may be Oakland’s primary target, Heyward-Bey is more of the vertical threat and there’s no disputing how much the Raiders have thrown the ball. Carson Palmer is averaging better than 25 completions and nearly 42 attempts per game and has thrown for 782 yards and six touchdowns in the last two games alone. With running back Darren McFadden dealing with a high ankle sprain and his return unknown, there’s really no reason why Heyward-Bey is owned in a little more than half of Yahoo! leagues.

Laurent Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
Cecil Shorts has emerged as the Jaguar receiver to own and one of the league’s most dangerous deep threats, but don’t overlook the return of Robinson. One of the Jags’ big free-agent acquisitions in the offseason, Robinson was sidelined for several weeks after sustaining a concussion. He made his long-awaited return in Week 9 and has 15 catches on 24 targets for 118 yards in his past two games. Even with Shorts making the big plays, there should be plenty of chances for Robinson to produce, especially if he’s able to find the end zone every now and then.

Brandon Stokley, Denver Broncos
Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker get more looks, but the veteran Stokley has made his own mark in the Broncos’ passing attack this season. Capitalizing on his familiarity with Peyton Manning, as the two were teammates with the Colts from 2003-06, Stokley has multiple receptions in every game and has scored four touchdowns on the season. Three of those touchdowns have come in the last five games, including one against San Diego, this week’s opponent, in Week 6. With Percy Harvin, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and other receivers sidelined this week because of the bye, Stokley could be worth a flyer if you are looking for a WR3 or Flex, especially considering Manning put up 309 yards and three touchdowns against the Chargers in Week 6.

Tight Ends
Week 10 Recap: Dwayne Allen and Joel Dreessen posted identical, disappointing stat lines this week – 2 receptions, 31 yards.

Dustin Keller, New York Jets
A Week 1 hamstring injury kept Keller out of action until Week 6, but it finally looks like he’s rounding into form. Keller has 17 catches over his past three games and as long as Mark Sanchez remains under center, he should put up decent numbers, especially if he can get into the end zone.

Lance Kendricks, St. Louis Rams
Kendricks has just one touchdown reception, but he’s been a little more involved in the Rams’ passing game recently. He’s seen four or more targets in four straight games and has three performances of 32 or more receiving yards during this span. The return of wide receiver Danny Amendola may help open up the middle and present Kendricks with more opportunities to make plays down the field.

Defense/Special Teams
Week 10 Recap: Denver harassed Cam Netwon all Sunday afternoon, sacking the Panthers’ quarterback seven times and picking him off twice, returning one of them for a touchdown. The Broncos scored a safety and also got a 76-yard punt return for a score from Trindon Holliday in the dominating performance that netted 31 fantasy points.

Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals sacked Eli Manning twice and picked him off twice in a surprisingly easy win over the defending Super Bowl champs on Sunday. They have done a good job of pressuring the quarterback (27 sacks) and generating turnovers (7 INTs, 8 fumbles) and get to face a Kansas City team on Sunday that has turned the ball over a league-worst 30 times. No Giants, Seahawks or Vikings D this week? You may want to consider giving these cats a try.

Washington Redskins
The Redskins’ DST has produced nearly as many fantasy points as the Bengals’, but by different means. Washington has not generated many sacks (14), but has more takeaways (16 total) than the Bengals and has scored four defensive touchdowns. The main reason, however, the Redskins are listed here is because of the prospect that they may be facing rookie Nick Foles, and not Michael Vick, this coming Sunday. Foles may be making his first career NFL start, on the road no less, if Vick is not medically cleared after sustaining a concussion against the Eagles, and that development would instantly make the ‘Skins’ DST, if nothing else, an intriguing starting option for this week.

Scoring is based on Athlon Sports default scoring which is 6 points for all TDs, .5 points per reception and 1 point per 25 yards passing, 10 yards rushing/receiving and 40 return yards.

<p> 2012 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire: Week 11</p>
Post date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 04:58
Path: /college-football/college-footballs-top-20-coaches-hot-seat-post-week-11-rankings

Week 11 of the 2012 college football season is in the books and plenty of coaches saw the temperature on their seat increase by a few degrees. Boston College's Frank Spaziani remains the top spot in the hot seat watch, followed closely by Auburn's Gene Chizik, Tennessee's Derek Dooley and California's Jeff Tedford in the top five.

College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat: Post-Week 11 Rankings

1. Frank Spaziani, Boston College
Last Week’s Rank:
Record at Boston College: 22-27 (4th season)
2012 Record: 2-8
The Eagles closed out the non-conference portion of their 2012 schedule with a 21-6 loss to Notre Dame. Despite the 15-point defeat, Boston College never really threatened in this game and the Fighting Irish were in complete control from the opening kick. Spaziani has a handful of young players contributing in key roles, but it’s hard to find any progress from this team in 2012. The Eagles have watched their win total decline in each of the last four years and are headed for a 2-10 finish.

2. Gene Chizik, Auburn
Last Week’s Rank: 2
Record at Auburn: 32-18 (4th season)
2012 Record: 2-8
Barring an upset win over Alabama, Auburn will finish SEC play winless for the first time since 1980. The Tigers dropped to 0-7 within the conference on Saturday, losing 38-0 to Georgia. Auburn’s only wins have come against New Mexico State and Louisiana-Monroe this season and should easily defeat Alabama A&M this Saturday. Although Chizik insists he has a plan to turn around Auburn next year, the rumor mill around the program seems to suggest he won’t get the to chance to do so in 2013.

3. Derek Dooley, Tennessee
Last Week’s Rank: 3
Record at Tennessee: 15-20 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 4-6
If there was any doubt Dooley would be fired at the end of the season, the overtime loss to Missouri sealed any shot he had of returning to Knoxville for 2013. The defeat dropped Tennessee to 4-6 and in danger of missing out on a bowl game for the second consecutive season. The Volunteers need to win at Vanderbilt and against Kentucky to get bowl eligible. Since taking over in Knoxville, Dooley is just 4-18 in SEC play and a disappointing 15-20 overall. There’s no doubt Dooley is done, it’s just a matter of when the school decides to make the announcement.

4. Jeff Tedford, California
Last Week’s Rank: 4
Record at California: 82-56 (11th season)
2012 Record: 3-8
As expected, the Golden Bears were pounded by Oregon on Saturday. California hung around in the first half, but the Ducks simply had too much firepower on offense and won 59-17. The loss to Oregon closed out the home slate for California this year, as the team finishes its 2012 season at Oregon State on Saturday. With a loss to the Beavers, the Golden Bears would finish 3-9, which would be their worst record since going 1-10 in 2001. Tedford has done a lot of good things at California, but it’s clear the program has gotten stale under his watch the last few seasons.

5. Ellis Johnson, Southern Miss
Last Week’s Rank: 5
Record at Southern Miss: 0-10
2012 Record: 0-10
The miserable first season under Ellis Johnson continued in Week 10, as Southern Miss was pounded 34-6 by SMU. The Golden Eagles are headed to their worst season in school history and even though Johnson is just in his first year, it’s clear the program is headed in the wrong direction. The loss to the Mustangs also clinched the first season of double-digit losses in Southern Miss history. Even though the Golden Eagles lost a handful of key players from last year’s team, going from Conference USA champions to possibly 0-12 is enough to make a coaching change.  

6. DeWayne Walker, New Mexico State
Last Week’s Rank: 6
Record at New Mexico State: 10-38 (4th season)
2012 Record: 1-9
The Aggies remained winless in WAC play, dropping a 47-7 game against San Jose State on Saturday. Although New Mexico State showed some promise with a 4-9 mark last year, the program seems to be trending in the wrong direction. And the schedule won’t get any easier next year, as the Aggies will compete as a FBS  Independent. Walker inherited a difficult situation, and New Mexico State is not an easy place to develop a winning program. However, the program may want to get a fresh start after this season, especially if the Aggies finish 1-11.

7. Mike Price, UTEP
Last Week’s Rank: 9
Record at UTEP: 47-60 (8 years)
2012 Record: 2-8
The Miners hung tough against UCF, but it wasn’t enough to earn the victory. Looking for a spark on offense, Price inserted redshirt freshman quarterback Blaire Sullivan into the lineup. He threw for only 79 yards but added 74 yards and one touchdown on the ground, which gave UTEP a shot to beat the Knights in the fourth quarter. The Miners finish the season with winnable games against Southern Miss and Rice, but even with two more victories, it’s hard to imagine Price returning to El Paso in 2013.

8. Bobby Hauck, UNLV
Last Week’s Rank: 12
Record at UNLV: 6-30 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 2-9
Inconsistency has plagued UNLV in 2012. The Rebels knocked off New Mexico 35-7 in Week 10, yet were dominated in a 33-11 loss against Colorado State last Saturday. The Rebels are getting better under Hauck but it’s hard for the program to make any long-term progress with losses like the one it had on Saturday. UNLV closes out its 2012 season with winnable matchups against Wyoming and Hawaii, as it looks to record more than two victories in a season for the first time under Hauck.

9. Danny Hope, Purdue
Last Week’s Rank: 8
Record at Purdue: 20-27 (4th season)
2012 Record: 4-6
Saturday’s 27-24 win over Iowa should ease some of the pressure on Hope. The victory keeps Purdue’s slim bowl hopes alive, as it needs to beat Illinois and Indiana in its final two games to get to six victories. Hope is still under plenty of pressure over the next two weeks, especially since the program has yet to show any real progress under his watch. While making back-to-back bowl games would be a good sign, Purdue’s overall record is just 20-27 in his tenure.

10. Jon Embree, Colorado
Last Week’s Rank: 14
Record at Colorado: 4-19 (2nd season)
2012 Record: 1-9
Despite the disastrous 2012 season, all signs point to Embree getting another year in Boulder. Whether or not he deserves another season is debatable, especially when you consider the Buffaloes haven’t shown much progress over the last two years. Colorado does have a lot of young players on the depth chart and lost receiver Paul Richardson to a torn ACL in the offseason. However, both sides of the ball rank among the worst in college football, and the team has gotten very little production from its quarterbacks. Embree will likely return for 2013 but expect a staff shakeup at the end of 2012.

11. Jeff Quinn, Buffalo
Last Week’s Rank: 10
Record at Buffalo: 8-26 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 3-7
With back-to-back victories over Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan, Buffalo has its first two-game winning streak since 2009. Although the Bulls have seven losses, they lost to Connecticut, Ohio and Toledo by less than seven points and lost by only 13 to Pittsburgh. With a matchup against UMass this Saturday, Buffalo should have a good shot at getting to four wins, which would be Quinn’s best season. Although the Bulls haven’t gotten back to a bowl game under his watch, the program has had only three seasons of five or more wins since 1997.

12. David Bailiff, Rice
Last Week’s Rank: 11
Record at Rice: 27-44 (6th season)
2012 Record: 4-6
The Owls had a bye week on Saturday and return to action this weekend for a home date against SMU. With Rice at 4-6 and SMU at 5-5, this matchup is a crucial one for bowl eligibility. The Owls close the year with a road trip at UTEP, so a win over the Mustangs isn’t an automatic path to a bowl game. Bailiff has recorded at least four victories in each of his last three seasons, so getting to 5-7 or 6-6 would be a step in the right direction. Unless Rice loses its last two games, Bailiff may have done enough to save his job for 2013.

13. Dan Enos, Central Michigan
Last Week’s Rank: 7
Record at Central Michigan: 10-24 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 4-6
Thanks to wins in two out of his last three games, Enos has dropped outside of the top 10 in the hot seat watch. Saturday’s victory over Eastern Michigan pushed the Chippewas’ record to 4-6, which is the best win total in Enos’ three seasons in Mount Pleasant. The third-year coach could strengthen his case to return for 2013 in the final two games, as Central Michigan hosts Miami (Ohio) and plays at UMass. Considering some conferences are going to have trouble filling out their allotment for bowl games, the Chippewas could sneak into the postseason at 6-6.

14. Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
Last Week’s Rank: 20
Record at Iowa: 100-73 (14th season)
2012 Record: 4-6
Barring upset wins over Nebraska and Michigan, Iowa will miss out on a postseason game for the first time since 2007. The Hawkeyes lost 27-24 against Purdue on Saturday, which dropped their Big Ten record to 2-4 overall this year. Ferentz has a huge contract, so he’s really not in any danger of getting fired. However, there’s plenty of unrest among the fan base, especially since the win total has declined every year sine 2009. If the Hawkeyes finish 4-8, it would be the worst mark under Ferentz since going 3-9 in 2000.

15. Skip Holtz, South Florida
Last Week’s Rank: 15
Record at South Florida: 16-18 (3rd season)
2012 Record: 3-6
The Bulls had a bye in Week 11 and return to action against in-state big brother Miami (Fla.) this Saturday. South Florida still has slim bowl hopes but needs to win the final three games to get to 6-6. A bigger question for Holtz this week is the quarterback position, especially with starter B.J. Daniels out for the rest of the year with a leg injury. After going 8-5 in 2010, South Florida is just 8-13 since. Although Holtz will probably get another year, he needs to have good showings against Miami, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh to build some confidence about this team going into 2013.

16. Bill Cubit, Western Michigan
Last Week’s Rank: 17
Record at Western Michigan: 51-46 (8th season)
2012 Record: 4-7
The Broncos got a little spark on Saturday, as quarterback Alex Carder returned to the lineup after missing six games with a hand injury. However, Carder’s return wasn't enough to secure win, as Western Michigan fell 29-24 at Buffalo. The loss dropped the Broncos out of the mix for a bowl and to 51-46 overall under Cubit’s watch. Western Michigan finishes its 2012 season with a matchup against in-state rival Eastern Michigan.

17. Tim Beckman, Illinois
Last Week’s Rank: Not ranked
Record at Illinois: 2-8 (1st season)
2012 Record: 2-8
Beckman’s first season in Champaign hasn’t been as disastrous as Ellis Johnson’s first year at Southern Miss, but he isn’t too far behind. The Fighting Illini are 2-8 overall, with the only victories coming against Western Michigan and Charleston Southern. Illinois has been handled in Big Ten play, losing every game by 14 points or more. The fan base is already growing restless about Beckman and there’s no guaranteed win remaining with Purdue and Northwestern on tap. Expect significant staff changes at the end of the 2012 season. 

18. Ron English, Eastern Michigan
Last Week’s Rank: Not ranked
Record at Eastern Michigan: 9-37 (4th season)
2012 Record: 1-9
Considering how difficult it is to win at Eastern Michigan, it’s tough to evaluate English for having a 9-37 overall record in four seasons. However, take out the 6-6 mark in 2011 and the Eagles are just 3-31 under his watch. Eastern Michigan has been competitive in losses against Toledo and Michigan State, but lost to FCS opponent Illinois State. With matchups against Western Michigan and Northern Illinois to close out 2012, a 1-11 record appears very likely for English this season.

19. Paul Pasqualoni, Connecticut
Last Week’s Rank: 13
Record at Connecticut: 9-13 (2nd season)
2012 Record: 4-6
The Huskies scored a much-needed victory with a 24-17 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night. The victory over the Panthers was Connecticut’s first in Big East play this season and will help this team build some momentum for the final two games of the year against Louisville and Cincinnati. Pasqualoni isn’t in any real danger of losing his job this year, but the former Syracuse coach could be the near the top of this list at the beginning of 2013.

20. June Jones, SMU
Last Week’s Rank: 19
Record at SMU: 29-33 (5th season)
2012 Record: 5-5
SMU moved one step closer to bowl eligibility with a 34-6 victory over Southern Miss on Saturday night. The Mustangs need to beat Rice or Tulsa in the final two weeks to make their fourth consecutive bowl trip. Although Jones has elevated SMU, the program has yet to take off as most expected. The Mustangs are set to enter the Big East next year and can’t afford to fall far behind. Considering Jones wanted to leave for Arizona State at the end of 2011, both parties might be better off with a mutual separation. 

by Steven Lassan


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<p> College Football's Top 20 Coaches on the Hot Seat: Post-Week 11 Rankings</p>
Post date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 04:55
All taxonomy terms: MLB
Path: /mlb/trout-harper-named-leagues-top-rookies

New York, NY (Sports Network) - There was never a doubt who was going to win the AL Rookie of the Year award.

Now Mike Trout has his sights set on a much larger prize.

The Los Angeles Angels' center fielder Trout and Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper were named the Jackie Robinson Award winners as the top rookies in the American and National League, respectively, as voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

The 21-year-old Trout became the 18th unanimous rookie of the year victor -- eighth in the AL.

And he may not be done taking home trophies.

Trout, along with triple crown winner and Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera, New York Yankees' Robinson Cano and Texas' Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton, is among the nominees for the AL MVP voting.

If Trout wins the MVP, he'd join Fred Lynn (1975) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) as the only two MLB players to win both the MVP and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season.

Trout, the first Angel to win rookie of the year since Tim Salmon in 1993, is the only player in major league history to hit at least .320 with 30 home runs and 45 stolen bases in a single season.

In all, Trout batted .326 with a .399 on-base percentage, 30 home runs, 129 runs and 49 stolen bases.

He led all rookies in nearly every offensive category and was named the AL Rookie of the Month in May, June, July and August, becoming the first player to claim the award in four consecutive months.

It was also no coincidence that the Angels' ascension up the standings coincided with Trout's recall from Triple-A Salt Lake on April 28.

A pair of foreign-born stars, Cuban and Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers were the other two nominees for the award.

Harper narrowly edged Arizona Diamondbacks left-handed pitcher Wade Miley for the NL honor. Harper earned 112 points, compared to Miley's 105. Cincinnati Reds third baseman Todd Frazier had 45 points.

Harper, one of the more hyped players in recent memory, burst on to the scene as a 19-year-old in late April.

The first overall pick of the 2010 MLB Draft ended the year hitting .270 with 22 home runs, 59 RBIs and 98 runs scored. He also stole 18 bases and played all three outfield positions. He showed terrific range and tallied eight outfield assists.

<p> There was never a doubt who was going to win the AL Rookie of the Year award.</p>
Post date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 04:04
All taxonomy terms: College Football, Fantasy, News
Path: /college-football/college-fantasy-football-using-vegas-odds-determine-best-week-12-plays

In the world of fantasy football, some team owners are relentless in their search for information that will give them a competitive edge over their competition.  Others just simply rely on projections from so-called experts, who try to convince everyone they have devised a computer program that accurately projects player stats by using a scientific formula so complicated that it makes the Drake equation seem elementary.  Eventually, those computer-driven computations prove no more accurate than an old-fashioned gut feeling.  However, in a quest to find a formula for fantasy success, one should just ask the question, “What are the odds?”

Quite simply, Vegas odds could give you all of the necessary insight to make smart roster decisions on a week-to-week basis.  In this weekly article, theCFFsite considers the point spreads and totals(over/under) in order to give our readers a unique perspective into some of the week’s most interesting fantasy matchups.

Week 12

Best Fantasy Matchups(Games with the most fantasy potential)

Kansas St at Baylor

Line:  Kansas St -11.5(O/U-74)

Projected score based on point spread:  Kansas St 43-32

Best plays:

Baylor (QB-Nick Florence, WR-Terrance Williams)

Kansas St (QB-Collin Klein, RB-John Hubert)

Also consider:

Baylor (RB-Lache Seastrunk, WRs-Tevin Reese, Lanear Sampson)

Kansas St (WR-Chris Harper, K-Anthony Cantele)

theCFFsite projects:  Kansas St 40-28


Oklahoma at West Virginia

Line:  Oklahoma -10.5(O/U-73)

Projected score based on point spread:  Oklahoma 42-31

Best plays:

Oklahoma (QB-Landry Jones, RB-Damien Williams, WR-Kenny Stills)

West Virginia (QB-Geno Smith, WRs-Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey)

Also consider:

Oklahoma (RBs-Brennan Clay, WR-Justin Brown)

West Virginia (RB-Andrew Buie)

theCFFsite projects:  West Virginia 42-38


Houston at Marshall

Line:  Marshall -3.5(O/U-76)

Projected score based on point spread:  Marshall 40-37

Best plays:

Marshall (QB-Rakeem Cato, WRs-Tommy Shuler, Antavious Wilson)

Houston (QB-David Piland, RB-Charles Sims-inj)

Also consider:

Marshall (WR-Aaron Dobson, TE-Gator Hoskins)

Houston (RB-Kenneth Farrow, WRs-Deontay Greenberry, Daniel Spencer)

theCFFsite projects:  Marshall 38-30

Texas Tech at Oklahoma St

Line:  Oklahoma St -10.5(O/U-72)

Projected score based on point spread:  Oklahoma St 42-31

Best plays:

Texas Tech (QB-Seth Doege, WRs-Eric Ward, Darrin Moore)

Oklahoma St (RB-Joseph Randle, WRs-Charlie Moore, Josh Stewart, K-Quinn Sharp)

Also consider:

Texas Tech (RB-Kenny Williams, K-Ryan Bustin)

Oklahoma St (QB-Clint Chelf, TE-Blake Jackson)

theCFFsite projects:  Oklahoma St 37-28


One-Sided Matchups(Using the odds to find a dominating ‘D’)

Colorado St at Boise St

Line:  Boise St -28(O/U-50)

Projected score based on point spread:  Boise St 39-11

Stay away from:

Colorado St (RBs-Donnell Alexander, Chris Nwoke)

theCFFsite projects:  Boise St 42-14


Wake Forest at Notre Dame

Line:  Notre Dame -24(O/U-44)

Projected score based on point spread:  Notre Dame 34-10

Stay away from:

Wake Forest (QB-Tanner Price, RB-Josh Harris)

theCFFsite projects:  Notre Dame 24-17


Florida St at Maryland

Line:  Florida St -31(O/U-45.5)

Projected score based on point spread:  Florida St 38-7

Stay away from:

Maryland (Stefon Diggs)

theCFFsite projects:  Florida St 37-10


Must Watch Games(The games with the biggest headlines)

Rutgers at Cincinnati

Line:  Cincinnati -6.5(O/U-47)

Projected score based on point spread:  Cincinnati 27-20

What’s at stake:   Rutgers (8-1, 4-0) will try to stay undefeated in conference play and stay one game ahead of Louisville in the Big East, while Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1) hopes to stay in the race.

theCFFsite projects:  Cincinnati 23-20

Kent St at Bowling Green

Line:  Bowling Green -2.5(O/U-47)

Projected score based on point spread:  Bowling Green 25-22

What’s at stake:   First place in the MAC East.

theCFFsite projects:  Kent St 27-21


Toledo at Northern Illinois

Line:  NIU -11(O/U-63)

Projected score based on point spread:  NIU 37-26

What’s at stake:   First place in the MAC West.

theCFFsite projects:  Northern Illinois 45-35


Utah St at Louisiana Tech

Line:  Utah St -3(O/U-70.5)

Projected score based on point spread:  Utah St 37-34

What’s at stake:   First place in the WAC.

theCFFsite projects:  Utah St 45-41



Line:  USC -3.5(O/U-65)

Projected score based on point spread:  USC 35-31

What’s at stake:   First place in the PAC-12 South.

theCFFsite projects:  USC 37-28


Stanford at Oregon

Line:  Oregon – 21 (O/U-65.5)

Projected score based on point spread:  Oregon 43-22

What’s at stake:   First place in the PAC-12 North.

theCFFsite projects:  Oregon 48-28


theCFFsite in Must Watch games:

2012 Season:  Straight Up (19-14)  ATS: (13-20)

2011 Season:  Straight Up (40-9) ATS: (35-14)


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<p> College Fantasy Football: Using Vegas Odds to Determine Best Week 12 Plays</p>
Post date: Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 03:05
Path: /nascar/harvick-wins-wild-one-phoenix

Once the smoke cleared, the cars (or what was left of them) were loaded and the Sunday sun set over Phoenix International Raceway, a new championship landscape had emerged in NASCAR. But tempers as hot and raw as the surrounding Sonora Desert shifted the focus of the Sprint Cup Series’ AdvoCare 500 from said title battle—and the race’s previously-MIA winner—to wrecked racecars, fist fights and talk of on-track payback.

Kevin Harvick, last seen in Victory Lane following a Cup Series event in Sept. 2011, led the final 15 laps to notch his third career Cup win in Avondale, Ariz.

However, a shakeup atop the Chase standings took center stage when Jimmie Johnson—the points leader entering the race—spent over 20 laps behind the wall after his right front tire’s bead melted, resulting in a hard hit to his No. 48 Chevy. That opened the door for Brad Keselowski to execute a 27-point swing by finishing sixth in the event while Johnson limped to a 32nd-place showing, and regain the points lead by a daunting 20 markers with one race remaining in the 2012 campaign.

But a dose of on-track retribution and off-track fisticuffs trumped even the championship fight, as Jeff Gordon wrecked Clint Bowyer with just over one lap remaining in the scheduled 312-lap event. Gordon, upset with Bowyer for contact that wounded his No. 24 moments earlier and for incidents that he deemed had “escalated over the year,” waited on the latter and hooked him into the Turn 4 wall. The crash also swept up Aric Almirola and Joey Logano and nearly involved Keselowski, who was able to scoot low to avoid the mess of tangled cars.

As Gordon exited his demolished car in the garage, Bowyer’s team rushed to the scene and engaged the No. 24 team in what resembled a Wild West bar room brawl in Tombstone.

Gordon was ushered into his hauler without contact while Bowyer emerged from his injured vehicle on pit road and sprinted into the garage where he attempted to confront Gordon but was unsuccessful.

“Clint has run into me numerous times, wrecked me,” a curt Gordon said as he exited the track. “He got into me on the back straightaway and pretty much ruined our day. I had it. That was it, and I got him back.”

Said Bowyer: “I barely touched him and then I feel him get into Turn 3 and try to turn me and he missed and then next thing I know Brett’s (Griffin, spotter) telling me on the radio that he’s waiting on me. It’s pretty embarrassing for a four-time champion and what I consider one of the best this sport’s ever seen. To act like that is just completely ridiculous.”

<p> Kevin Harvick won a wild AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Meanwhile, Brad Keselowski overtook the points lead over Jimmie Johnson while Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer engaged in an on- and off-track melee.</p>
Post date: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 15:30
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NFL football is the greatest reality TV program of all time. The Giants and Colts made sure of that back in 1958. Each NFL fall weekend is a completely new and original experience for every player, fan and coach alike. New stories, new personalities, new winners and new losers. And new statistics.

Here are the most important, most intriguing and most bizarre statistics from Week 10 of NFL play:

37.9: Jay Cutler's NFL-worst first quarter QB rating
First of all, on a day dedicated to the countless servicemen and women who have fought and died for our personal freedoms, it is appropriate that Chicago and Houston — a combined 15-3 overall this year — did battle at Soldier Field. The Sunday night showdown came 86 years to the day from the time the Bears played their first game at Soldier Field. It could not have been an enjoyable experience for the Bears fans, however. On a cold and very wet evening in the Windy City, Jay Cutler threw another first quarter interception before leaving the game at halftime with a head injury. Unfortunately, his NFL-best fourth quarter QB rating of 135.0 was never put into use and the Bears lost for only the second time this fall. The Bears now have to travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers. It is the beginning of a tricky second half of the schedule and Cutler needs to be on the field if the Bears are to hold off the charging Packers.

28-7: Cowboys outscored the Eagles over the final 15 minutes
Dallas was trailing 17-10 to Philadelphia when Tony Romo hit a diving Dez Bryant in the end zone on the final play of the third quarter. The 30-yard scoring strike tied the game. The Cowboys scored 1:25 later when Dwayne Harris returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown. One minute later, Brandon Carr returned a Nick Foles interception — who took the place of a concussed Michael Vick — 47 yards for a touchdown. Then after Phily scored to cut the lead to 31-23, the Cowboys scored another defensive touchdown when it recovered a Foles fumble in the end zone. The Eagles allowed 10 points and had a lead after 44 minutes of play before crumbling in the final frame. Andy Reid's fate might have been sealed in that fourth-quarter collapse, marking the first five-game losing streak Reid has had as the head coach in Philadelphia.

22: Games the Dolphins went without allowing a 100-yard rusher
The Titans Chris Johnson rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown in the surprising rout over Miami. The Dolphins entered the game boasting the NFL's longest active streak without allowing an opposing player to rush for more than 100 yards. The Tennessee defense, which was on pace to break the all-time points allowed record, was excellent against rookie passer Ryan Tannehill. The Titans allowed three points and forced three Tannehill interceptions. The Green Bay Packers now boast the longest active streak without allowing a 100-yard rusher at eight games.

11-0: The Patriots record against Buffalo at Gillette Stadium
New England has yet to lose at home to their division rival from Buffalo since Gillette Stadium opened in 2002. The Patriots were tested more than most of the previous 10 meetings as the Bills racked up a team-record 35 first downs. It was also the most first downs a Pats team has ever allowed as well. Bill Belichick's defense surrendered 481 yards and 31 points in what has to be a concerning performance from the AFC East leaders. 

Nov. 16, 2008: The last time an NFL game ended in a tie
The Rams and 49ers played 75 minutes on Sunday and determined absolutely nothing. For the first time in four years (Philadelphia-Cincinnati, 2008), NFL fans will wake up in the morning and check the divisional standings and see that mysterious third number in the Win-Loss column. Alex Smith was lost to a concussion and Colin Kaepernick played well in the second half to keep San Francisco in control of the division. The tie could play a huge role since it was a division game and will keep the West from ending up in a tie. The status of Smith will be a huge story to follow this week.

147: Yards the Bucs were outgained by the Chargers
The San Diego Chargers moved up and down the field against Tampa Bay on Sunday, outgaining the home team 426 to 279. The Bucs had just 12 first downs, 23:19 time of possession, converted on only three (of nine) third downs and averaged 3.4 yards per carry on the ground. Yet, the Bucs still managed to score 34 points and win the game for first-year head coach Greg Schiano. Tampa Bay has won three straight games and is now 5-4 and smack dab in the middle of the NFC Wild Card hunt. Frankly, with all four losses coming within one possession, this team could easily have six or seven wins. 

101: Career TD catches for Tony Gonzalez
I already wrote about the greatness of Tony-G back when he played his final game in Arrowhead Stadium earlier in the season. Yet, even after missing only two contests in his extraordinary 247-game career, he continues to produce at an elite level — he caught 11 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. He passed Cris Carter for eighth all-time in NFL history with 13,955 yards and should pass James Lofton next week for 7th place. His 1,210 receptions rank behind only Jerry Rice all-time. And his 101st career receiving touchdown moved him into sole possession of sixth place all-time. He is a once-in-a-lifetime talent who fans need to enjoy for however much longer the tight end decides to play. More importantly, he has done it with class and grace the entire way. It's hard not to root for a guy like this to reach the Super Bowl, and on this Falcons team, he'll have as good a chance as ever before.

9-0: Home team's record in all-time series between Giants and Bengals
The Giants and Bengals have met nine total times in the long history of the two franchises. And the home team has won every game. The Giants entered the weekend on cruise control and in position to put a strangle-hold on the NFC East. Yet, despite outgaining the Bengals, Tom Coughlin's bunch never really looked competitive. Andy Dalton completed 70 percent of his passes and threw four touchdowns while not taking a sack or throwing an interception. The Cincy defense sacked Eli Manning four times and forced four Giants turnovers in the alarming win.

- by Braden Gall


<p> 8 Amazing Stats from NFL Sunday: Week 10</p>
Post date: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 11:00
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Clint Bowyer’s run-in at Phoenix International Raceway — and the infield fallout — has the NASCAR world buzzing. One clever fan took Bowyer’s 5-Hour Energy commercials to a new level with this hilarious and fitting tribute to the energy drink's promotions that flood television sets across America each NASCAR weekend.

Say what you will about the events that unfolded on Sunday between Bowyer, Jeff Gordon and both driver’s crews, but don’t tell us this video isn’t hilarious.

<p> A NASCAR fans' clever spoof on Clint Bowyer's 5 Hour Energy commercial after a wild weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.</p>
Post date: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 09:51
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There was a huge upset in the SEC over the weekend, but not a lot changes in our power rankings. Alabama held on to its No. 1 spot — even after losing at home to Texas A&M — due to its body of work throughout the 2012 season. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss switched spots after the Commodores beat the Rebels in Oxford, and Missouri jumped Tennessee following its four OT win in Knoxville.

Post-Week 11 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M — Manziel was terrific in Texas A&M’s thrilling 29–24 win over No. 1 Alabama. The redshirt freshman completed 24-of-31 for 253 yards and two touchdowns and added 92 yards on the ground. Manziel leads the SEC in rushing and total offense and ranks fourth in passing efficiency.

2. AJ McCarron, Alabama — McCarron’s status on the this list is in jeopardy. The junior quarterback threw for a season-high 309 yards on Saturday, but he was intercepted twice as the Crimson Tide lost at home to Texas A&M. He has 2,158 yards with 20 touchdowns and two interceptions for the season.

3. Aaron Murray, Georgia — Murray has been solid throughout his junior season. He has thrown for 2,656 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and he leads the league with 9.7 yards per attempt. 

Post-Week 11 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina — Clowney’s productivity has been down a bit of late due to nagging injuries, but he is still the best defensive player in the league. He had two tackles and one sack in the Gamecocks’ win over Arkansas on Saturday. For the season, the sophomore defensive end has 42 total tackles (17 for a loss) with 9.5 sacks.

2. Jarvis Jones, Georgia — Jones continues to shine for the Bulldogs. He had four tackles with two sacks on Saturday against Auburn and now has 17 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks for the season.

3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M — The junior defensive end recorded five tackles and one sack in the Aggies’ win at Alabama. He continues to lead the SEC in tackles for a loss with 20.0 and sacks with 12.5.

Post-Week 11 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M — It helps to have one of the most electric players in college football running the show, but Sumlin deserves a ton of credit for the Aggies’ 5–2 SEC record. They have two close losses at home to top-10 teams (Florida and LSU) and on Saturday knocked off a No. 1 team for only the second time in school history.

2. James Franklin, Vanderbilt — The Commodores are bowl-eligible for the second straight season for the first time in school history. Vanderbilt rallied from 17 down in the second half to beat Ole Miss 27–26 for its fourth straight win overall and its fourth SEC win of the season.

3. Will Muschamp, Florida — The Gators aren’t exactly playing their best ball of late, but Muschamp has this program back among the nation’s elite. Last year, in his first on the job, Florida went 3–5 in the SEC. This year, the Gators went 7–1.

Post-Week 11 SEC Power Rankings 

1. Alabama (9–1, 6–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 1
Week 10 result: Lost to Texas A&M 29–24
Alabama’s hopes for a second straight national title took a huge hit Saturday afternoon with a 29–24 loss at home to surging Texas A&M. The Aggies jumped on the Tide early, scoring three first quarter touchdowns — on drives of 87, 41 and 80 yards — against a defense that had surrendered a total of 10 touchdowns in its first nine games. Alabama has now given up a total of 853 yards in its last two games — a win at LSU and a loss to Texas A&M — after not allowing more than 300 yards in any of its first eight games. The Tide also have lost the turnover battle in the past two games, 2-to-0 to LSU and 3-to-0 to A&M on Saturday. Quarterback AJ McCarron, who did not throw a pick in the first nine games, was intercepted twice by the Aggies. The junior quarterback has dropped from first to seventh nationally in passing efficiency in the past two weeks. Alabama must now beat Auburn in two weeks to wrap up the SEC West title.
Next week: Western Carolina

2. Georgia (9–1, 7–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: Beat Auburn 38–0
Georgia clinched a spot in the SEC Championship Game for a second straight season and kept alive its slim national title hopes with a 38–0 win at Auburn. The Bulldogs’ offense operated at high efficiency, with Aaron Murray completing 18-of-24 for 208 yards and three touchdowns, and both Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall rushing for more than 100 yards. The Georgia defense shut down Auburn’s running game, allowing a net of 57 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Georgia, which hosts Georgia Southern and Georgia Tech in the next two weeks, is 14–2 in the SEC over the last two seasons. The Dawgs, ranked No. xx in the latest BCS standings, need to beat Alabama (the likely opponent) in the SEC title game and hope that two of the three undefeated teams lose in the next two weeks.
Next week: Georgia Southern

3. Florida (9–1, 7–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: Beat UL Lafayette 27–20
Florida averted disaster with a huge play on special teams in the final seconds. The Gators broke a 20–20 tie when Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with 13 seconds remaining the game. Once again, the Florida offense struggled. The Gators managed only 311 total yards and two offensive touchdowns against a ULL defense that gave up 50 points two weeks ago against Arkansas State and 65 points to Oklahoma State in a Week 3 loss. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was having a solid game (13-of-16 for 98 yards, 76 yards rushing) before leaving with a sprained ankle in the third quarter. Jacoby Brissett came on in relief and completed 6-of-8 for 64 yards. Florida, ranked No. X in the BCS standings, ends the season with non-conference games against Jacksonville State and Florida State.
Next week: Jacksonville State

4. LSU (8–2, 4–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: Beat Mississippi State 37–17
LSU broke open a close game in the second half to beat Mississippi State for the 11th-straight time in Baton Rouge. MSU cut what was a 10-point lead at the half to three with a touchdown on its first drive of the third quarter, but LSU scored the game’s final 17 points. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger was sharp for the second straight game, completing 19-of-30 passes for 273 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. The Tigers rushed for 119 yards on 38 attempts, spreading the carries between Jeremy Hill (15), Russell Shepard (eight), Kenny Hilliard (five) and Spencer Ware (five). Hill, who had 48 yards, had his streak of 100-yard games snapped at three. The LSU defense gave up a season-high 304 yards passing but did not allow State to get much going on the ground. Nick Griffin led the Bulldogs with 38 yards on 11 attempts.
Next week: Ole Miss

5. Texas A&M (8–2, 5–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: Beat Alabama 29–24
Playing on the biggest stage of his young career, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel delivered a performance that will go down in Aggie lore. The redshirt freshman completed 24-of-31 passes for 253 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, and added 92 yards rushing to lead A&M to a stunning 29–24 win over No. 1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Aggies stormed out to a 20–0 lead in the first quarter on the strength of three long touchdown drives. Their offense stalled for much of the second half, but they came up with a huge defensive stop inside the 5-yard line late in the fourth quarter to preserve one of the biggest wins in school history. With Manziel running the show, Texas A&M is averaging an astounding 531.9 yards in SEC play — and that includes games against three of the top-five defensive teams in the nation (Alabama, LSU and Florida).
Next week: Sam Houston State

6. South Carolina (8–2, 6–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 5
Week 10 result: Beat Arkansas 38–10
South Carolina completed its second straight SEC season with a 6–2 record by snapping a three-game losing streak to Arkansas. Playing for the first time without injured tailback Marcus Lattimore, the Gamecocks struggled to run the ball with consistency. Mike Davis was solid, averaging 4.1 yards on his 13 carries, but Carolina’s other ball-carriers netted only 58 yards on 28 carries. Connor Shaw was productive in the passing game, throwing for 272 yards on only 22 attempts with two touchdowns and one interception. The total yards were close (383 for South Carolina to 360 for Arkansas), but the Gamecocks won the turnover battle 3-to-1 and were far more efficient on third down (7-of-13). 
Next week: Wofford

7. Mississippi State (7–3, 3–3 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: Lost to LSU 37–17
Mississippi State dropped its third straight game — all against ranked opponents — to fall to .500 in SEC play. The Bulldog offense, which scored 27 points or more in its seven wins, has now scored 17 points or fewer in each of the last three games. State had success throwing the ball for most of the night, recording 304 yards on 27 completions, but the running game stalled. Starting tailback LaDarius Perkins missed his first career game after straining a quad during practice earlier in the week. Nick Griffin stepped in as the primary ball-carrier and rushed for 38 yards on 11 carries. The Bulldogs have now lost 13 straight to LSU, though they did hold a lead (7–0) for the first time in Tiger Stadium since 1994.
Next week: Arkansas

8. Vanderbilt (6–4, 4–3 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: Beat Ole Miss 27–26
Vanderbilt rallied from 17 points down in the second half to beat Ole Miss 27–26 Saturday night in Oxford. The Commodores have now won four straight games overall and are bowl-eligible for the second straight season — for the first time in school history. Vanderbilt was forced to play the majority of the game without senior tailback Zac Stacy, who went down with a knee injury on the first possession. Quarterback Jordan Rodgers overcame a slow start and ended the night with 267 yards and two touchdowns. He hit sophomore wide receiver Chris Boyd on a 26-yard pass down the sideline to give the Dores their first lead with 1:09 to play. Jordan Matthews, the other half of the SEC’s most productive wide receiving duo, caught nine passes for 153 yards and now has 1,003 yards for the season. Vanderbilt has won three straight and six of the past eight against Ole Miss.
Next week: Tennessee

9. Ole Miss (5–5, 2–4 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 8
Week 10 result: Lost to Vanderbilt 27–26
Ole Miss is now 0-for-2 in its attempts to become bowl-eligible. The Rebels appeared to be in control Saturday night against Vanderbilt after taking a 23–6 lead early in the third quarter, but the Commodores stormed back to claim a 27–26 win on a touchdown with just over one minute to play. Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace threw for a career-high 403 yards — against a team that entered the game ranked third nationally in pass defense — but the Rebels’ offense repeatedly stalled in the Red Zone. Bryson Rose kicked four field goals, three from 28 yards or shorter. Four Ole Miss receivers caught at least five passes, with Ja-Mes Logan leading the way with career highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (160). Ole Miss will have two more opportunities — at LSU and vs. Mississippi State — to pick up win No. 6.
Next week: at LSU

10. Arkansas (4–6, 2–4 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: Lost to South Carolina 38–20
Arkansas recorded 360 total yards but scored only one offensive touchdown in the game’s first 59 minutes en route to their first loss against South Carolina since 2008. The Hogs, who dropped to 2–4 in the SEC, were undone by three turnovers — two picks thrown by Tyler Wilson and a fumble by tailback Dennis Johnson. Wilson, who threw for 277 yards, has been intercepted five times in the past three games. Tailback Knile Davis missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury. Arkansas, a preseason top-15 team, needs to win its final two games (at Mississippi State, vs. LSU) to become bowl-eligible.
Next week: at Mississippi State

11. Missouri (5–5, 2–5 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: beat Tennessee 51–48 (4ot)
Missouri picked up its first SEC road win in dramatic fashion, outlasting Tennessee in four overtimes. The Tigers were completely dominated in first half — UT held a 383-to-64 advantage in total yards — but trailed by only 14 points at the break. Mizzou eventually tied the game late in the fourth quarter when James Franklin found Dorial Green-Beckham in the end zone on fourth down from the Tennessee 25-yard line. Missouri won the game in the fourth overtime on an Andrew Baggett a 35-yard field goal. Franklin completed only 2-of-8 for 18 yards in the first half but ended the game 19-of-32 with 226 yards and four touchdowns (three in overtime). Kendial Lawrence ran for 153 yards and two scores — a 77-yard touchdown on the first play of the second half and a 2-yard plunge late in the third quarter. Missouri needs to split its final two games — vs. Syracuse, at Texas A&M — to become bowl-eligible for the eighth straight season.
Next week: Syracuse

12. Tennessee (4–6, 0–6 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 10
Week 10 result: Lost to Missouri 51–48 (4ot)
Tennessee lost in SEC play for the 13th time in its last 14 games, falling at home in four overtimes to a Missouri team that had scored 10 points or fewer in four of its five previous league games. The Vols dominated the first half, outgaining Missouri 383-to-64, but were unable to build a lead larger than 14 points at anytime in the game. Quarterback Tyler Bray continues to shine in tough times for Tennessee. The junior threw for 404 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, and now has 1,302 yards in the last three games. The loss dropped Tennessee to 0–6 in the SEC and is a crippling blow for third-year head coach Derek Dooley. He is now 15–20 overall and 4–18 in SEC games at Tennessee.
Next week: at Vanderbilt

13. Auburn (2–8, 0–7 SEC)
Last week's rank: 13
Week 10 result: Lost to Georgia 38–0
Auburn put up little resistance in yet another lopsided loss in what has become a nightmare season for embattled coach Gene Chizik. The Tigers had only one drive that went for more than 50 yards and were outgained by more than 250 yards. There was one bright spot: Quarterback Jonathan Wallace, in his first start vs. an SEC opponent, completed 15-of-22 passes for 181 yards. Not bad for a true freshman who was used exclusively in Wildcat packages for the first half of the season. Auburn ranks 115th in the nation in total offense (298.5 ypg) and 90th in total defense (435.6 ypg) — stunning numbers for a program that won a national title two years ago. The Tigers figure to get back in the win column next week against Alabama A&M, but then close the season with a trip to Tuscaloosa.
Next week: Alabama A&M

14. Kentucky (1–9, 0–7 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 10 result: Bye
The big news at Kentucky last week was the dismissal of Joker Phillips, who is 4–19 in his two-plus seasons as the head coach at his alma mater. Phillips will coach the final two games of the season, vs. Samford this weekend and at Tennessee on Nov. 24.
Next week: Samford


<p>  </p> <p> There was a huge upset in the SEC over the weekend, but not a lot changes in our power rankings. Alabama held on to its No. 1 spot — even after losing at home to Texas A&amp;M — due to its body of work throughout the 2012 season. Vanderbilt and Ole Miss switched spots after the Commodores beat the Rebels in Oxford, and Missouri jumped Tennessee following its four OT win in Knoxville.</p>
Post date: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 05:15
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Two AFC teams headed in different directions will meet on Monday Night Football, when the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:30 pm EST on ESPN. The Steelers have won three in a row since starting the season 2-3, and they have won all three games at home in the Steel City this year. On the other hand, the Chiefs stand at 1-7 and amazingly still have not held a lead in regulation this season.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers have the ball:
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is having one of the better seasons of his career, throwing for 2,203 yards and 16 touchdowns against only four interceptions. He will be missing one of his key weapons (Antonio Brown is out ankle injury) tonight, but receiver Mike Wallace and tight end Heath Miller have both been very productive this year. And despite a multitude of injuries, the Steelers running attack has come to life during the current winning streak. Jonathan Dwyer topped the 100-yard rushing mark against the Bengals and Redskins, while Isaac Redman had 147 yards on the ground last week versus the Giants.

The Chiefs have struggled on defense mightily, and they are going through some major changes halfway through the season. Head coach Romeo Crennel has removed the title of defensive coordinator from himself, promoting linebackers coach Gary Gibbs to take over a unit that is allowing an alarming 30 points per game. Kansas City also released cornerback Stanford Routt this week, despite signing him to a three-year, $18 million deal this offseason. Gibbs’ group must play much-improved football to limit the suddenly-balanced Steelers offense.

When the Kansas City Chiefs have the ball:
The Chiefs have run the ball very well this season (149.9 yards per game), but the passing game has been lacking with both Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn at the helm. The biggest problem for the Kansas City attack has simply been turnovers, as the Chiefs have given the ball away a staggering 29 times. Coming into the weekend, that total was 10 more than any other team in the NFL. Cassel has thrown 11 interceptions and fumbled eight times on the year, and he must protect the ball tonight against a Steelers unit that has started to find its groove.

The Pittsburgh defense had some issues earlier this year with injuries and preserving leads in the fourth quarter, but Dick LeBeau’s group has played nasty football over the last three games. The Steelers recent surge has them back to the NFL's No. 1-ranked defense (262.6 yards per game) and playing more like last year’s unit that topped the league. The area where Pittsburgh needs to improve down the stretch is takeaways, as Steelers defenders have only caused eight turnovers in eight games.

Key Factor:
With the constant problems of the Chiefs and the current momentum of the Steelers, it is difficult to project a close game in this one. The critical issue for Pittsburgh will be not letting down and playing to the competition. The Steelers have not lost a home Monday Night Football contest since 1991, and we see that trend continuing tonight at Heinz Field.

Steelers 27 Chiefs 13

---By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

<p> Kansas City Chiefs vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Preview and Prediction</p>
Post date: Monday, November 12, 2012 - 05:15
Path: /college-football/big-east-post-week-11-power-rankings

As recently as Oct. 20, the Big East had three undefeated teams. Four Saturdays later, all three are sitting with at least one loss.

Despite Louisville’s loss to Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, the Big East race likely comes down to the same teams as it appeared back in early October -- the Cardinals, Rutgers and Cincinnati. The Scarlet Knights, whose lone loss is to Kent State, remains the only undefeated team in Big East play. Their tests are upcoming, starting with Cincinnati this week and Louisville in the finale.

Elsewhere the question is who else in the Big East will reach the postseason. Though Syracuse has as many league wins as Rutgers and Louisville (four), the Orange still need one more win to be bowl eligible.

Where Syracuse has breathing room, the other four teams in the league are one loss away from elimination from bowl consideration.

Ryan Nassib

Offensive Player of the Year Standings
1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville --
The Syracuse loss can’t be put on the shoulders of Teddy Bridgewater, who was masterful in the Carrier Dome. Bridgewater completed 36 of 49 passes for a career-high 424 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. Bridgewater remains sixth in the nation in pass efficiency.

2. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse -- Nassib’s connection with Alec Lemon led Syracuse to its best win of the season and opened the door for a winning regular season. Nassib completed 15 of 23 passes for 246 yards with three touchdowns against Louisville, giving him 10 touchdowns an no interceptions in his last four games.

3. George Winn, Cincinnati -- The Bearcats made a quarterback change, but Winn continued to be the consistent cog in the Cincinnati offense. Winn, the Big East rushing leader, ran for 83 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Temple. He’s topped 75 rushing yards in every game this season and has accounted for six touchdowns (five rushing, one passing) the last two weeks.

Defensive Player of the Year Standings
1. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers --
Army’s run game gave Greene plenty of action as he finished with 22 tackles (but only six solo) against the Black Knights. Greene leads the Big East with 96 stops.

2. Sio Moore, Connecticut -- The senior has been consistent all season on a standout UConn defense, but Friday’s upset of Pittsburgh was a breakout game of sorts. Moore finished with six tackles, three tackles for a loss, two sacks and two pass breakups. Moore has 13 tackles for a loss and seven sacks this season.

3. Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut -- Smallwood remains one of the league leaders in tackles after recording nine stops against Pittsburgh.

Coach of the Year Standings
1. Charlie Strong, Louisville --
The Cardinals’ bid for an undefeated season ended Saturday with the loss to Syracuse. Louisville had been flirting with a loss for most of the season, but the team collapsed in the Carrier Dome. The Cardinals remain in contention for a Big East title when they resume play after an off week.

2. Kyle Flood, Rutgers -- Rutgers is the only undefeated team in Big East play, but the Scarlet Knights continue to be plagued by slow starts. With road games against Cincinnati and Pittsburgh coming up, then a finale against Louisville, Flood needs better production from his offense out of the gates.

3. Butch Jones, Cincinnati -- The Bearcats rebounded from back-to-back losses to Toledo and Louisville with consecutive wins over Syracuse and Temple. Jones made the tough decision to change quarterbacks in early November by benching Munchie Legaux for Brendon Kay.

Big East Post-Week 11 Power Rankings

1. Louisville (9-1, 4-1)
Last week’s rank:
Week 11 result: Lost to Syracuse 45-26
Louisville had been upset bait for most of the season, but the Cardinals kept winning thanks to the efforts of Teddy Bridgewater. Passing for 400-plus yards wasn’t enough at Syracuse, as Ryan Nassib and Alec Lemon torched the Louisville defense. The Cardinals allowed Syracuse to convert 14 of 19 third downs, including four touchdowns. Even before the loss to Syracuse, the Cardinals showed weakness in other areas. Louisville’s run defense has struggled in the last four weeks, allowing 231.5 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry in that span. Making matters worse in the Cardinals’ run game, leading rusher Senorise Perry sustained a leg injury after only two carries against Syracuse.
This week: Off

2. Rutgers (8-1, 4-0)
Last week’s rank:
Week 11 result: Beat Army 28-7
Emerging from an off week didn’t help Rutgers remedy its trend of slow starts. The Scarlet Knights trailed Army 7-0 after the first quarter and entered halftime with a 7-7 tie. Rutgers didn’t put away the Black Knights until the final minutes on a Savon Huggins touchdown run and a Duron Harmon fumble recovery for a TD to make the victory look more comfortable than it actually was. Since defeating Arkansas on Sept. 22, Rutgers has been outscored 48-30 in the first half. Rutgers’ offense could be in further trouble if leading rusher Jawan Jamison (ankle) is unavailable to face Cincinnati. Special teams continued to be a strength for Rutgers, as the Scarlet Knights blocked two field goals.
This week: at Cincinnati

3. Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1)
Last week’s rank:
Week 11 result:Beat Temple 34-10
Cincinnati was able to get out of a game without biting its nails for the first time in a month with a comfortable win over Temple. The quarterback change from the inconsistent Munchie Legaux to the fifth-year senior Brendon Kay was just what the Bearcats needed. Kay was 13 of 21 for 244 yards with two touchdowns and no turnovers. He also rushed for 71 yards and caught one his own passes for a gain of five yards. Cincinnati remains in contention for an outright Big East title if the Bearcats can defeat Rutgers this week coupled with another Louisville loss.
This week: Rutgers

4. Syracuse (5-5, 4-2)
Last week’s rank: 5
Week 11 result: Beat Louisville 45-26
After a 2-4 start, Syracuse is starting to put together more consistent efforts. Nowhere was that more visible than in a comfortable 45-26 win over Louisville. Syracuse took a 31-13 halftime lead and didn’t let up. Beyond the Louisville game, Syracuse has won three of its last four. During that span, the Orange are plus-seven in turnover margin (compared to minus-10 prior). Quarterback Ryan Nassib has been the focus for Syracuse, but the Orange have thrived with a balanced offense. After rushing for a season-high 278 yards and three touchdowns against Louisville, Syracuse is averaging 228.5 rushing yards in each of the last four games.
This week: at Missouri

5. Pittsburgh (4-6, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
Week 11 result: Lost 24-17 to Connecticut
The roller coaster ride that is Pittsburgh football took another dip with a 24-17 loss to Big East cellar-dweller Connecticut on Friday. The same team that defeated Virginia Tech and took Notre Dame to triple overtime also has losses to Youngstown State and UConn on the resume. After falling behind 24-0 at halftime, the Panthers responded with their worst rushing effort (48 yards) since the loss to Syracuse on Oct. 5. Pitt’s bowl chances, which looked promising a week ago, are now in question with Rutgers and a road trip to USF in the final two games. Pitt would have to win both to be bowl eligible.
This week: Off

6. USF (3-6, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
Week 11 result: Off
USF used its off week to evaluate the quarterback situation after the season-ending injury to veteran B.J. Daniels. Redshirt freshman Matt Floyd came into the game against UConn after Daniels’ injury, but junior Bobby Eveld, Daniels’ backup the last two seasons, practiced with the possibility of burning a redshirt for the final three games. Eveld has twice played against Miami, the Bulls’ opponent this week, due to injuries to Daniels. The Bulls will attempt to build on their best defensive effort since the opener against Chattanooga. USF held UConn to 43 rushing yards and intercepted two passes, all without starting linebacker Sam Barrington, who was suspended for the UConn game.
This week: at Miami

7. Connecticut (4-6, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
Week 11 result: Beat Pittsburgh 24-7
Connecticut ended a four-game losing streak, but the Huskies will need more of what went right in the first half against Pittsburgh in their final two games of the season. After an off week, UConn will visit Louisville then play host to Cincinnati. For now, the Huskies have plenty of reason to be optimistic. Lyle McCombs had his best game (120 yards, one touchdown) in more than a year, leading a 132-yard team rushing effort. Before the Pitt game, UConn had rushed for 178 yards total in four Big East games. After a brief hiccup against Temple and Syracuse, the Huskies’ defense returned to form the last two weeks, holding USF to 81 rushing yards and Pitt to 48.
This week: Off

8. Temple (3-6, 2-4)
Last week’s rank:
Week 11 result: Lost to Cincinnati 34-10
Temple has lost four in a row, all by convincing margins, but the forecast for the Owls’ final two games may be worse. Leading rusher Montel Harris, Temple’s only major weapon on offense, left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury. The Owls did not release an update on his status. Meanwhile, Temple could make a change at quarterback after benching starter Chris Coyer in the loss to Cincinnati. Juice Granger completed 7 of 15 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown in relief of Coyer.
This week: at Army

By David Fox


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What a last few weeks it should be out West. UCLA and USC will square off this weekend with a trip to the Pac-12 championship game on the line. Oregon now has to face possibly its toughest two opponents of the season with Stanford and Oregon State to finish the year. Jeff Tedford is hanging by a thread in Berkeley. And all chaos is breaking out in Pullman. Put on your seat belts Pac-12 fans, it's going to be a wild ride these last three weeks — and it could end with the Oregon Ducks heading to its second national championship game in three seasons.

Post-Week 11 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

Marcus Mariota1. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - Is 377 yards and 6 TD any good? Mariota now leads the nation in passing efficiency on what is the nation's best offense. He is clearly the most important Oregon Duck.

2. Matt Barkley, QB, USC - USC won a key game with another three Matt Barkley touchdown passes. This team now faces UCLA for the Pac-12 South title.

3. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon 
- Barner did very little to follow up his monster showing against USC last week. But he wasn't needed all that much. Which is good considering he dealt with a small hand/wrist injury early in the game. He returned and finished with 65 yards on 20 carries and no touchdowns.

Post-Week 11 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford - He only posted a pair of tackles but he gets bumped to the top slot because his defense stymied the Beavers for the final 20 minutes of play and since his team won the key swing game, Thomas gets the nod over Jordan Poyer.

2. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State - The Beavers' top defender made five total stops including one for a loss and returned a couple of punts in the crushing road loss to Stanford. 

3. Anthony Barr, DL, UCLA - The Bruins' star defensive lineman had a huge game on the road against Washington State. He made eight total tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and blocked a kick in the win. He now is leading the league in sacks (11.0) and TFL (17.0). 

Post-Week 11 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Chip Kelly, Oregon - The Ducks rolled to another huge win with another huge offensive number. This is the best offense in the country.

2. Mike Riley, Oregon State - The Beavers are running out of steam and have quarterback issues, but the job he has done this year has been nothing short of remarkable.

3. Jim Mora, UCLA  - If he can somehow close the 50-point gap between his program and the Trojans that existed last year, he may shoot to the top of this list. 

Post-Week 11 Power Rankings

1. Oregon (10-0, 7-0)
Previous rank: 1
Week 11 result: Beat Cal 59-17
Marcus Mariota was brilliant for the Ducks as Oregon won for the 28th time in 29 tries in Pac-12 play. The freshman quarterback completed 27-of-34 passes for 377 yards and six touchdowns as Cal set up to stop the run all game (holding Kenjon Barner in check).  The Ducks are leading the nation at 54.8 points per game on offense and set an NCAA record by scoring at least 30 points for the 23rd consecutive game. The second season in Oregon now begins in earnest with Stanford, Oregon State, a potential Pac-12 title game with either UCLA or USC and possibly a trip to Miami Gardens left on the slate. There is no chance the Ducks get left out of the national title game if they finish 13-0. 
This week: Stanford (8-2)

2. Stanford (8-2, 6-1)
Previous rank: 

Week 11 result:
 Beat Oregon State 27-23
Kevin Hogan led his team from behind to keep their Pac-12 championship hopes alive in his first career start for Stanford. He threw three touchdowns, including two late scores to give the Cardinal the lead for good in the fourth quarter, and 254 yards in the physical showdown on The Farm. David Shaw's team overcame four turnovers and continues to control its own destiny. However, their path is difficult as it comes with road trips to Oregon and UCLA to finish the year. This defense is the best in the league and is the most physical front seven that side of the Mississippi, so if anyone can slow down the Ducks, it might be Stanford.

This week: at Oregon (10-0)


3. Oregon State (7-2, 5-2)
Previous rank: 2
Week 11 result: Lost to Stanford 27-23
As it has done all season long, Oregon State put itself into a hole, this time down 14-0 after one quarter of play. The Beavers then rattled off 23 unanswered points to take a commanding two-score lead. But the defense couldn't get key stops and the offense couldn't convert on key fourth downs in the fourth quarter. The loss puts Mike Riley's bunch behind both Stanford and Oregon and all but eliminates OSU from the Pac-12 championship. They need some serious help and a win over the Ducks to win the North. Cody Vaz was dinged up late in the game and Sean Mannion was forced into action, so this will be again be the most watched position in Corvallis this week.
This week: Cal (3-8)

4. UCLA (8-2, 5-2)
Previous rank: 4
Week 11 result: Beat Washington State 44-36
The Bruins exploded for 30 points in the second quarter, taking a 37-7 lead into halftime. Three late touchdowns for the Cougars made the score look much closer than it actually was in Pullman. Having said that, the Bruins only needed 334 yards of offense to put away Mike Leach's embattled bunch — which is nearly 200 yards less than its average coming into the weekend (514.9 ypg). Brett Hundley threw the ball well (261 yards, 3 TD), but Johnathan Franklin will need to be better than 66 yards on 19 attempts if UCLA wants to defeat the Men of Troy this weekend and win the Pac-12 South.
This week: USC (7-3) 

5. USC (7-3, 5-3)
Previous rank: 5
Week 11 result: Beat Arizona State 38-17
One down, one to go. After getting embarrassed against Arizona State last year and Oregon last week, USC took care of business against an overmatched Sun Devils squad to move to within one win of a South Division title. And a potential rematch with Oregon (or Stanford for that matter). Matt Barkley keeps adding to his illustrious stats by throwing three more touchdowns and 222 yards as the Trojans pulled away in the final two quarters. Marqise Lee was his usual big-play self, catching 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, while tailback Curtis McNeal took advantage of an increased work load, rushing for 163 yards and two touchdowns. 
This week: UCLA (8-2)

6. Arizona (6-4, 3-4)
Previous rank: 6
Week 11 result: Beat Colorado 56-31
Matt Scott didn't play in the win over Colorado, but Ka'Deem Carey picked up the slack. And then some. The underrated sophomore rushed for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and scored five touchdowns — to go with 34 yards on two receptions as well — in the home win. Carey now has 1,381 yards and 18 rushing scores on the season. B.J. Denker completed 12-of-14 passes in place of Scott and tossed two touchdowns of his own. Rich Rodriguez got his team back on track but allowed 31 points and 437 yards at home to one of the worst scoring offenses in all of college football. 
This week: at Utah (4-6)

7. Washington (6-4, 4-3)
Previous rank: 7
Week 11 result: 
Beat Utah 34-15 

The Huskies won their third straight game on the powerful and productive shoulders of running back Bishop Sankey. Steve Sarkisian has obviously made an effort to get his star tailback the ball, giving him a career high in carries for three consecutive weeks. He has carried 25, 29 and 36 times in the last three games for 443 yards and has scored at least two touchdowns in each game. The obviously improved Huskies defense did the rest, holding Utah to 188 total yards of offense and just 55 yards passing. With Colorado and Washington State left on the schedule, Coach Sark is almost assured of a 8-4, 6-3 record this fall.
This week: at Colorado (1-9)

8. Arizona State (5-5, 3-4)
Previous rank: 8
Week 11 result: Lost to USC 38-17
Arizona State took a 17-14 lead a few minutes into the third quarter against USC. The Trojans then scored the final 24 points of the game, taking advantage of a Sun Devils defense that has been downright atrocious of late. Todd Graham's defense, which couldn't cover Marqise Lee or stop Curtis McNeal, has now allowed 40.5 points per game over the course of its current four-game losing streak. ASU likely needs to win this weekend against Washington State at home to get to bowl eligibility as a win across the state in Tucson on the final weekend of the year might be asking too much of this defense. 
This week: Washington State (2-8)

9. Utah (4-6, 2-5)
Previous rank: 
Week 11 result: Lost to Washington 34-15
Welcome to Seattle Mr. Wilson. The young Utes quarterback had been respectable during Utah's modest two-game winning streak. He was baptized by a big time college defense, however, in Washington this weekend. He completed just 8-of-23 passes for 55 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. He carried seven times for minus-13 yards, including three sacks. Kyle Whittingham's bunch now has to win its last two games to get to a bowl game for the 10th straight season. Colorado should be a win, but this weekend's home test with the Wildcats will be anything but easy.

This week: Arizona (6-4)

10. California (3-8, 2-6)
Previous rank: 10
Week 11 result: Lost to Oregon 59-17
Is it just a matter of time now for Jeff Tedford? Many are torn on the Tedford issues at Cal as he is one of — if not the — most decorated head coaches in Golden Bears history. He has been the driving force behind dramatic facilities and stadium upgrades in Berkeley. But his record is 15-21 over the last three years and he is experience his second losing campaign in three years. This weekend, without Zach Maynard or Keenan Allen, the Bears were totally overmatched and non-competitive. They allowed 575 yards of offense to the Ducks and now, due to a strangely placed bye week on the last week of the Pac-12 regular season, are set to wrap up the 2012 season next week at Oregon State. 
This week: at Oregon State (7-2)

11. Colorado (1-9, 1-6)
Previous rank: 11
Week 11 result: Lost to Arizona 56-31
The offense played well in the desert, holding the ball for 41:17 and gaining 437 yards of offense. Yet, the defense couldn't stop the record-setting Ka'Deem Carey. Colorado has allowed at least 42 points in six straight games and allowed more than 50 points for the fifth time this year. This team's point differential for the season is bordering on historically bad as the Buffs rank 115th in scoring offense (17.6 ppg) and are 120th in scoring defense (47.2 ppg) on the season. 
This week: Washington (6-4)

12. Washington State (2-8, 0-7)
Previous rank: 12
Week 10 result: Lost to UCLA 44-36
The final score was not indicative of how lopsided this game really was. Washington State trailed 37-7 and 44-14 before scoring the last three touchdowns of the game. The story coming out of Pullman, however, had nothing to do with the eighth loss of the season. The story was Marquess Wilson's strange letter concerning the state of the Cougars locker room. Accusations of verbal and physical "abuse" have news outlets across the country eyeing Mike Leach. Is there a pattern of improper behavior from the coaching staff? Or is it simply the ramblings of a disgruntled star who has quit on his team because times were tough? This soap opera is far from over. 

This week: at Arizona State (5-5)

by Braden Gall


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Florida State and Clemson are clearly the ACC's best teams but after that is anyone's guess. North Carolina and Miami lost in Week 11, yet don't suffer a drop in the power rankings this week. With Duke on bye and Virginia Tech also losing, it's hard to find a No. 3 team in this week's poll. Virginia has been on the rise over the last two weeks but still needs two victories to get bowl eligible.  

Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina – Bernard had a relatively quiet afternoon against Georgia Tech (78 rushing yards) but retains the No. 1 spot in the offensive player of the year standings.

2. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson – Boyd has tossed 13 touchdowns over the last three weeks and has Clemson in the mix for an at-large spot in one of the BCS bowls.

3. EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State – There’s really not much separating the top three in the offensive player of the year standings. Manuel staked his claim at the top spot with 326 passing yards and three touchdowns against Virginia Tech.

Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State – Werner was quiet on the stat sheet in Thursday night’s win over Virginia Tech, recording two tackles and one pass break up.

2. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State – Carradine has closed the gap with teammate Bjoern Werner for defensive player of the year honors. The senior wrecked havoc against Virginia Tech, recording 11 tackles and one sack.

3. Steve Greer, LB, Virginia – Greer is quietly having a good season and led the way with 13 tackles in the win over Miami. The senior has recorded 108 tackles and two sacks in 2012.

Coach of the Year Standings

1. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State – Fisher has the Seminoles one win away from clinching a spot in the ACC title game. Florida State is also on track to record 10 wins for the second time in three years.

2. David Cutcliffe, Duke – The Blue Devils have lost three out of their last four games, but Cutcliffe deserves credit for getting this team bowl eligible for the first time since 1994.

3. Dabo Swinney, Clemson – An ACC title is unlikely, but the Tigers still have a shot to play for a BCS bowl. Clemson is 19-5 in the last two seasons under Swinney’s watch.

Post-Week 11 ACC Power Rankings

1. Florida State (9-1, 6-1 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Beat Virginia Tech 28-22
The Seminoles had to work a little harder than most expected against Virginia Tech. Florida State was a double-digit favorite but needed a late touchdown pass from quarterback EJ Manuel to receiver Rashad Greene with just over a minute to go to clinch the victory. The Hokies’ active defensive line gave the Seminoles’ offensive line trouble all evening, as running backs Devonta Freeman and James Wilder combined for just five rushing yards. However, the line stepped up in the clutch, giving Manuel enough time on the final drive to lead Florida State to the victory. The Seminoles need a win over Maryland or a Clemson loss against NC State to clinch the ACC Atlantic title.
Next Game: at Maryland

2. Clemson (9-1, 6-1 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Beat Maryland 45-10
The Tigers used another big day from quarterback Tajh Boyd to cruise to an easy victory over Maryland. With injuries decimating the offense, the Terrapins were simply overmatched and this game was over by halftime. The one downside to this game for Clemson was a leg injury to receiver Sammy Watkins. However, he is expected to play next Saturday against NC State. The Tigers have to hope for an unlikely Maryland win against Florida State to win the ACC Atlantic title next week. Considering how much of a longshot that is, Clemson’s top priority should be finishing 11-1 and getting into a position for a BCS bowl.
Next Game: NC State

3. North Carolina (6-4, 3-3 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Lost to Georgia Tech 68-50
Basketball season is getting ready to start in Chapel Hill, so it’s only appropriate the Tar Heels scored their highest point total in ACC play this season (50) against Georgia Tech. However, despite the huge day on the scoreboard, it wasn’t enough to knock off the Yellow Jackets. The Tar Heels’ offense gained 497 yards but was never really able to get Giovani Bernard enough opportunities on the ground (16 carries). Although the offense had its issues, the defense was the main culprit. North Carolina allowed 588 yards to Georgia Tech and surrendered 30 points in the third quarter. The Tar Heels head to Virginia next Thursday and finish their season with a home game against Maryland on Nov. 24.
Next Game: at Virginia (Thursday)

4. Miami (5-5, 4-3 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Lost to Virginia 41-40
After a 30-12 win over Virginia Tech, the Hurricanes were in position to assume full control of the ACC Coastal with a win over Virginia. However, nothing in the ACC is simple this season. Miami fell 41-40 in Charlottesville on Saturday afternoon, dropping its record to 5-5 overall and in danger of missing out on bowl eligibility. The Hurricanes had a huge effort from running back Duke Johnson (150 rushing yards), but the defense struggled to stop Virginia’s passing offense. Miami steps out of conference to play South Florida next week, before finishing the season against Duke.
Next Game: South Florida

5. Virginia Tech (4-6, 2-4 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Lost to Florida State 28-22
The Hokies gave Florida State all it could handle on Thursday night but fell just short of the upset win. Virginia Tech’s defense rose to the challenge, holding the Seminoles to 28 points and recording five sacks on Seminoles’ quarterback EJ Manuel. The Hokies outgained Florida State but had two costly interceptions from quarterback Logan Thomas. Despite 2012 being an overall disappointment, Virginia Tech still has a chance to get into the ACC Championship. However, the Hokies’ main goal over the next two weeks should be getting bowl eligible, which requires wins over Boston College and Virginia.
Next Game: at Boston College

6. Duke (6-4, 3-3 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Bye Week
The Blue Devils had a bye in Week 11 and return to action next Saturday at Georgia Tech. The off date came at a good time for coach David Cutcliffe and his team, especially since Duke has lost three out of its last four games. The defense has shown signs of improvement, but the secondary has been torched in losses against Florida State and Clemson. With two games remaining, the Blue Devils control their destiny in the Coastal race, as they take on Georgia Tech and Miami the next two weeks.
Next Game: at Georgia Tech

7. NC State (6-4, 3-3 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Beat Wake Forest 37-6
A week after a puzzling loss to Virginia, the Wolfpack bounced back with a 37-6 blowout win over Wake Forest 37-6. Quarterback Mike Glennon led the way with 258 passing yards, while freshman running back Shadrach Thornton chipped in 110 yards on the ground. While the offense had its way with Wake Forest, the defense deserves a ton of credit. After getting shredded for 570 yards against NC State and 446 versus Virginia, the Wolfpack allowed the Demon Deacons to record only 185 yards. NC State is bowl eligible and closes out the year with matchups against Clemson and Boston College.
Next Game: at Clemson

8. Georgia Tech (5-5, 4-3 ACC)
Last Week: 8
Week 11 Result: Beat North Carolina 68-50
It’s not crazy to believe Georgia Tech’s 68-50 shootout win over North Carolina might have saved the season. The victory evened the Yellow Jackets to 5-5 overall and puts them back in the mix to play for the ACC title. Georgia Tech’s offense rushed for 380 yards and seven touchdowns, including 112 by quarterback Vad Lee. Although the Yellow Jackets’ defense gave up 497 yards, they forced two turnovers and limited North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard to just 78 yards on 16 attempts. Georgia Tech needs some help to get to the title game but can help its case by beating Duke in Week 12.
Next Game: Duke

9. Virginia (4-6, 2-4 ACC)
Last Week: 11
Week 11 Result: Beat Miami 41-40
The Cavaliers used a late touchdown pass from quarterback Michael Rocco to tight end Jake McGee to knock off Miami 41-40. The win over the Hurricanes keeps Virginia’s slim bowl hopes alive with two games remaining. Coach Mike London planned on rotating quarterbacks, but Rocco assumed control of the No. 1 spot and was a key factor in the Cavaliers’ win. Rocco finished with 300 passing yards and four touchdowns, while Phillip Sims threw for 88 yards on 11 completions. Virginia’s defense struggled to find an answer for Miami running back Duke Johnson, but its offense stepped up in the clutch and delivered the victory. The Cavaliers host North Carolina on Thursday night this week.
Next Game: North Carolina (Thursday)

10. Maryland (4-6, 2-4 ACC)
Last Week: 9
Week 11 Result: Lost to Clemson 45-10
With Stefon Diggs and Wes Brown sidelined, combined with the injuries at quarterback, the Terrapins simply didn’t have the firepower to give Clemson much of a battle. Maryland managed only 180 yards, with quarterback Shawn Petty completing only 6 of 12 passes for 41 yards. The defense forced three turnovers but allowed 436 yards and 45 points to the Tigers. Although the season will end on a down note, the Terrapins have shown improvement in Randy Edsall’s second year in College Park.
Next Game: Florida State

11. Wake Forest (5-5, 3-5 ACC)
Last Week: 10
Week 11 Result: Lost to NC State 37-6
The Demon Deacons wrapped up their 2012 ACC season with a 37-6 loss to NC State. With a struggling offensive line, Wake Forest had trouble generating anything on the ground and its quarterbacks were sacked five times by the Wolfpack. Receiver Michael Campanaro was held to five receptions, while quarterback Tanner Price finished with 113 passing yards on 18 completions. The Demon Deacons still need one more win to get bowl eligible and that’s no easy task with matchups against Notre Dame and Vanderbilt remaining.
Next Game: at Notre Dame

12. Boston College (2-8, 1-5 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Lost to Notre Dame 21-6
The Eagles hung around but never really threatened in Saturday’s loss to Notre Dame. Without a consistent running game, quarterback Chase Rettig was forced to shoulder the load on offense. The junior finished with 247 yards, but Boston College’s offense is too one-dimensional right now. The Eagles host Virginia Tech next Saturday and play at NC State on Nov. 24. Barring a surprise upset, Boston College is headed for a 2-10 finish.
Next Game: Virginia Tech

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Kansas State was a big winner from the Big 12’s Week 11 action. The Wildcats knocked off TCU 23-10 to improve their record to 10-0. But that wasn’t the only bit of good news for Bill Snyder’s team. With Alabama losing to Texas A&M, Kansas State is in position to play for the national title with two more victories. The Wildcats still have some work to do but the road to a BCS Championship appearance is favorable. Oklahoma remains in position for an at-large spot in the BCS, while Texas has quietly rebounded since a blowout defeat to the Sooners in the Red River Rivalry.

1. Kansas State (10-0, 7-0 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 11 Result: Beat TCU 23-10
Week 11 was a big one for the Wildcats for two different reasons. Kansas State knocked off TCU 23-10 to move to 10-0, while quarterback Collin Klein continues to stake his claim for the Heisman. Although the victory over TCU was huge, the Wildcats’ national title hopes were helped by Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M. Kansas State still needs to take care of its final two games – at Baylor and Texas – but this team is in the driver’s seat to play for the BCS title in January. The Wildcats play on the road for the final time this season with a date at Baylor next Saturday.
Next Game: at Baylor

2. Oklahoma (7-2, 5-1 Big 12)
Last Week: 2
Week 11 Result: Beat Baylor 42-34
The Sooners kept their BCS bowl hopes alive with a 42-34 win over Baylor on Saturday. It was a balanced victory for Oklahoma, as the defense held the Bears’ high-powered passing attack to just 172 yards, while the offense recorded 460 yards. Quarterback Landry Jones had a steady performance, throwing for 277 yards on 25 completions, and running back Damien Williams chipped in 99 yards on 23 attempts. The Sooners play at West Virginia in Week 12 and host Oklahoma State in Week 13.
Next Game: at West Virginia

3. Texas (8-2, 5-2 Big 12)
Last Week: 3
Week 11 Result: Beat Iowa State 33-7
Very quietly, the Longhorns are piecing together a solid run to the end the 2012 season. Saturday’s 33-7 win over Iowa State was Texas’ fourth consecutive victory since losing 63-21 against Oklahoma. Quarterback David Ash has bounced back nicely since an awful showing against Kansas, throwing for 628 yards and five touchdowns and no interceptions in his last two games. Freshman running back Johnathan Gray has provided a spark on the ground over the last three contests, while the defense has shown signs of improvement after allowing 63 points to Oklahoma and 50 to Baylor. The Longhorns won’t play again until Thanksgiving night against TCU.
Next Game: TCU (Nov. 22)

4. Texas Tech (7-3, 4-3 Big 12)
Last Week: 4
Week 11 Result: Beat Kansas 41-34
A 41-34 overtime win over Kansas wasn’t pretty. However, a victory is all that matters for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders’ rush defense gave up 390 yards but was bailed out by an offense that was nearly unstoppable through the air. Quarterback Seth Doege threw for 476 yards and three touchdowns, while running back Eric Stephens tossed a three-yard pass for a score in the second overtime. With the Big 12 title out of reach, the next few weeks are all about bowl positioning for Texas Tech.
Next Game: at Oklahoma State

5. Oklahoma State (6-3, 4-2 Big 12)
Last Week: 6
Week 11 Result: Beat West Virginia 55-34
Considering the injuries at quarterback, it’s a credit to Mike Gundy and his staff to have Oklahoma State in a position to potentially finish the 2012 season with nine victories. With Clint Chelf making his first start under center, the Cowboys knocked off West Virginia 55-34. Chelf threw for 292 yards and four touchdowns, with receiver Josh Stewart serving as his favorite target (13 receptions, 172 yards). The defense gave up nearly 500 yards to a potent Mountaineers’ offense but forced two turnovers and picked up three sacks.
Next Game: Texas Tech

6. TCU (6-4, 3-4 Big 12)
Last Week: 5
Week 11 Result: Lost to Kansas State 23-10
The Horned Frogs did a good job of keeping Kansas State’s Collin Klein in check, but TCU was never able to get its offense on track. The Horned Frogs’ defense seemed to generate pressure on Klein most of the night and forced two turnovers, but the Wildcats’ made just enough plays on offense to pull away for the 23-10 win. TCU gets a much-needed off date this Saturday, especially after playing Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas State in consecutive weeks. The Horned Frogs meet Texas on Thanksgiving night and close out the year against Oklahoma on Dec. 1.
Next Game: at Texas (Thursday)

7. West Virginia (5-4, 2-4 Big 12)
Last Week: 7
Week 11 Result: Lost to Oklahoma State 55-34
A promising start to the season has quickly been forgotten in Morgantown. West Virginia lost its fourth consecutive game with a 55-34 defeat at Oklahoma State in Week 11. The Mountaineers seemed to regain some of its rhythm back on offense against the Cowboys, especially with Stedman Bailey looking closer to 100 percent at receiver. However, the defense continues to be a problem, as West Virginia allowed 55 points for the second time in three games. The Mountaineers take on Oklahoma next week and finish with two games they should be favored in – at Iowa State and Kansas.
Next Game: Oklahoma

8. Iowa State (5-5, 2-5 Big 12)
Last Week: 8
Week 11 Result: Lost to Texas 33-7
Not much went right for the Cyclones in the 33-7 loss to Texas. The offense was stuck in neutral for most of the game, recording only 277 yards against the Longhorns. Texas dominated the time of possession, which kept Iowa State’s defense on the field for nearly 40 minutes. The rush defense wasn’t the only concern for the Cyclones against the Longhorns, as the secondary allowed David Ash to throw for 364 yards and two touchdowns. Iowa State still needs one win to get bowl eligible, which could come in Week 12 against Kansas.
Next Game: at Kansas

9. Baylor (4-5, 1-5 Big 12)
Last Week: 9
Week 11 Result: Lost to Oklahoma 42-34
The Bears gave Oklahoma a tough battle but it wasn’t enough to leave Norman with a victory. The Sooners managed to hold one of the nation’s top passing offenses in check, limiting Nick Florence to only 172 yards on 13 completions. One of the bright spots for Baylor was the play of running back Lache Seastrunk, who recorded 91 rushing yards and three touchdowns. The Bears have three games remaining and need two victories to get bowl eligible. With matchups against Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State remaining, getting to six victories won’t be easy for Baylor.
Next Game: Kansas State

10. Kansas (1-9, 0-7 Big 12)
Last Week: 10
Week 11 Result: Lost to Texas Tech 41-34
Even though the losses are piling up, the Jayhawks deserve credit for not quitting this season. Kansas hung tough in a 41-34 overtime loss to Texas Tech, which was the second defeat in three weeks by less than eight points. The Jayhawks gashed the Red Raiders for 390 rushing yards, but quarterback Michael Cummings was never able to get anything going through the air. Kansas has a nine-game losing streak in 2012 and has lost 19 consecutive Big 12 contests.
Next Game: Iowa State

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The Wisconsin Badgers have clinched a berth in the Big Ten championship game for the second year in a row. And even though it won't finish with the best record in the Leaders half of the league, UW could still finish 5-0 in the division. Games against Penn State and Ohio State technically don't mean anything, but Jim Delany would likely feel better if the Badgers could win out. 

Both Nebraska and Michigan won to maintain status quo, however, the Huskers are in the driver's seat to reach Indianapolis. Michigan needs Nebraska to lose and then has to beat both Iowa and Ohio State. It looks like another Big Red battle in the championship game.

Post-Week 11 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State - Miller was off this weekend as the Buckeyes rest up to finish the year with two tough tests: at Wisconsin and that school from up North at home.

2. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska - He completed 12-of-20 passes for 168 yards and the game-winning touchdown pass to go with 15 carries and 104 yards rushing. He once again led his team to a key victory in the fourth quarter and has a clear path to the Big Ten title game.

3. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin - The Badgers tailback had another huge game against Indiana, rushing for 198 yards and three scores in the division-clinching win. He has 1,226 yards and 16 rushing TDs in 2012.

Post-Week 11 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Mike Mauti, LB, Penn State - He registered 10 total tackles and forced what should have been the game-winning fumble late in the second half. He has been an emotional, statistical and physical leader for Penn State all year.

2. Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin - The Badgers leader on defense helped clinch the division this weekend by shutting down the high-flying Hoosiers offense. He is fourth in the league in tackles and second in tackles for loss on the league's No. 1 rushing defense and No. 2 overall defense.

3. John Simon, DL, Ohio State - Simon was off this weekend. As was talented POY candidate Ryan Shazier.

Post-Week 11 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Urban Meyer, Ohio State - His team has two tough tests to finish the year after this week's bye. Two wins would give Meyer his first undefeated season at a BCS program. 

2. Bill O'Brien, Penn State - His team controlled the game in Lincoln until the final 10 minutes and came up just short in a hostile environment. He should at least split, however, to finish the year no worse than 7-5. Coach BoB would deserve heavy praise for his work in Happy Valley should they go 1-1 over the final two weeks. 

3. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern - Bo Pelini may win the conference crown, but he just doesn't seem like Coach of the Year material for a variety of reasons. Kevin Wilson and Jerry Kill might get some votes as well. Coach Fitz gets the nod almost by default in what should be a two horse race between Meyer and O'Brien — two coaches ineligible to win the conference crown.

Post-Week 11 Power Rankings

1. Ohio State (10-0, 6-0)
Previous rank: 1
Week 11 result: Off

The Buckeyes will head north to Madison to battle the Badgers following the bye week before finishing up their season at home against Michigan. An unbeaten record is within reach and the week off should have this team rested for the final stretch.
This week: at Wisconsin (7-3)

2. Nebraska (8-2, 5-1)
Previous rank: 2
Week 11 result: Beat Penn State 32-23 
With just under 11 minutes to go in the game, Taylor Martinez connected with Jamal Turner to give Nebraska its first lead of the day. The Cornhuskers never looked back, outscoring Penn State 26-3 in the second half, and now have a strangle-hold on the Legends Division crown. Martinez, who had thrown seven interceptions in his previous four games, threw for 168 yards and added another 104 yards on the ground and didn't throw a pick in the key win. After defeating Northwestern, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, the Huskers have done the heavy lifting in their quest for a Big Ten title. Now, if Bo Pelini could just settle down on the sidelines.
This week: Minnesota (6-4)

3. Michigan (7-3, 5-1)
Previous rank: 3
Week 11 result: Beat Northwestern 38-31 (OT)
Denard Robinson missed his second consecutive game, and this weekend, it nearly cost the Wolverines the win. However, Devin Gardner, who nearly gave the game away with a bad interception late in the game, was able to miraculously tie the game on a 53-yard heave to Roy Roundtree with less than 10 seconds to play. Gardner then accounted for his fourth touchdown of the game in overtime and then watched his defense get one last stop. When Tyris Jones was tackled for no gain on 4th-and-2 in overtime, Michigan celebrated its fifth Big Ten win of the year and kept pace with Nebraska in the Legends Division.
This week: Iowa (4-6)

4. Wisconsin (7-3, 4-2)
Previous rank: 5
Week 11 result: Beat Indiana 62-14
Curt Phillips made his first career start count as his team scored 62 points and rolled up 605 yards of offense to clinch the Badgers' second consecutive trip to the Big Ten Championship game. The redshirt senior was a highly touted prospect with electric athletic ability, but three torn ACLs kept him from starting a game until his fifth year in Madison. He wasn't needed much, but he played well and was certainly the feel-good story of the day in Bloomington. Montee Ball led the UW rushing attack that totaled a school-record 564 yards on 64 attempts. The former Heisman finalist finished with 198 yards and his 75th, 76th and 77th career touchdowns. He is now No. 2 all-time in NCAA history in total touchdowns (77) and No. 2 all-time in rushing touchdowns (71) — both to Travis Prentice (78 total, 73 rushing). 
This week: Ohio State (10-0)

5. Penn State (6-4, 4-2)
Previous rank: 4
Week 11 result: Lost to Nebraska 32-23
Matt McGloin was solid in the first half as Penn State jumped out to a 20-6 halftime lead. The offense was stifled the rest of way, scoring only three points in the second half. McGloin completed less than half of his passes (18-of-37) for 240 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was unable to move the ball in the final quarter once the Big Red took the lead early in the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions head home for the final two games of the regular season against Indiana and then Wisconsin. Bill O'Brien's team will be favored in both, but merely a split would give this team seven wins. A number many believed to be impossible considering the off-season in Happy Valley.

This week: Indiana (4-6)

6. Northwestern (7-3, 3-3)
Previous rank: 6
Week 11 result: Lost to Michigan 38-31 (OT)
Regardless of how Northwestern finished the final two weeks of the season, Pat Fitzgerald will have to wonder what if when looking back on 2012. His Wildcats held a double-digit lead against Penn State, Nebraska and Michigan and lost all three games. The Cats were leading by 10 late in the third quarter before it allowed Michigan to improbably finish the game on a 24-7 run. The most painful moment of the season came on the tip-drill heave from Devin Gardner that set up the game-tying field goal on the game's final play. Things aren't any easier this weekend against the Spartans.
This week: at Michigan State (5-5)

7. Michigan State (5-5, 2-4)
Previous rank: 7
Week 11 result: Off
The Spartans were off this week, giving them two weeks to watch the replays of the final drive against Nebraska. Painful stuff.
This week: Northwestern (7-3)

8. Minnesota (6-4, 2-4)
Previous rank: 10
Week 11 result: Beat Illinois 17-3
It wasn't pretty but the win over Illinois was a monumental one for Jerry Kill and the Golden Gophers. The road victory gets Minnesota to bowl eligibility for the first time since 2009. The passing game struggled — Philip Nelson threw for 78 yards and no touchdowns — but wasn't asked to do much as the ground game took care of business. Kill and company ran the ball 50 times for 233 yards and two second-half Donnell Kirkwood touchdown runs. With tough games against Nebraska and Michigan State left, this team is playing with house money now that it got its sixth win.
This week: at Nebraska (8-2)

9. Indiana (4-6, 2-4)
Previous rank: 8
Week 11 result: Lost to Wisconsin 62-14
So Indiana won't play in the Big Ten championship game after all. The Hoosiers fell behind quickly against the powerful Badgers rushing attack and was never competitive. The rushing defense was gashed all game long as Kevin Wilson found out his team still has a ways to go before it can compete in the division. The offense was held in check (294 total yards) as the defense has now allowed 83, 59 and 62 points to Wisconsin in the last three meetings. A split with Penn State and Purdue to end the season, however, would still give IU a five-win season in Wilson's second year at the helm.
This week: at Penn State (6-4)

10. Purdue (4-6, 1-5)
Previous rank: 11
Week 11 result: Beat Iowa 24-21 

Danny Hope snapped a five-game losing streak with a huge road win over Iowa. Robert Marve threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns and led the Boilermakers on the the game-winning drive with less than a minute left in the game. Hope, whose fate as the head coach could have been sealed with a loss, now has a good shot to get to bowl eligibility. Purdue will face Illinois and Indiana to finish the year and two wins gets the Boilers to the postseason.
This week: at Illinois (2-8)

11. Iowa (4-6, 2-4)
Previous rank: 9
Week 11 result: Lost to Purdue 24-21
James Vandenberg completed a one-yard pass on a key fourth-down with 47 seconds left in the game. The only problem was Iowa needed three yards to convert and the turnover on downs allowed Purdue just enough time to move down the field and hand the Hawkeyes their fourth consecutive loss. Such is life for the fans at Kinnick Stadium these days. Kirk Ferentz, who is making roughly $4 million per season, is fighting for his job in Iowa City, and $1 million per victory is completely unacceptable. With Michigan and Nebraska still left on the schedule, a 4-8 season is very possible. 
This week: at Michigan (7-3)

12. Illinois (2-8, 0-6)
Previous rank: 12
Week 11 result: Lost to Minnesota 17-3
Tim Beckman can't wait for recruiting season to begin. His team lost for the seventh straight time and it didn't look competitive. The Illini totaled 276 yards of offense, 13 first downs and three points as Minnesota (of all teams) held Illinois scoreless for the final 54 minutes of play. Nathan Scheelhaase continued his stunningly mediocre play at quarterback and one has to think a winless season in Big Ten play is likely in 2012. Illinois finishes with Purdue and Northwestern.
This week: Purdue (4-6)

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The Oregon Ducks have overtaken the No. 1 spot -- just barely edging second-ranked Kansas State -- thanks Texas A&M’s upset of the Crimson Tide.
Oregon received 10 of the 17 first-place votes.
“I have been very impressed with Oregon all year,” former USC coach John Robinson said. “More than I thought I would be. The interesting thing about Oregon’s offense is they block the perimeter. Remember back when the wishbone teams were just starting how dramatically those wide outs blocked the perimeter and you just couldn’t stop them outside? That’s what Oregon does.”
No. 4 Alabama slid three spots after losing its stranglehold on the top spot for the entire calendar year of 2012.
Unbeaten Notre Dame moved up as well, one spot ahead of Alabama at No. 3. Georgia rounded out the top five, moving past twice-beaten LSU, which slid to No. 6. No. 9 Texas A&M and No. 10 Florida made five SEC teams in the top 10. No. 7 Florida State and No. 8 Clemson represented the ACC near the top of the rankings.
No. 18 Louisville took the biggest tumble in the top 25 this week, dropping eight spots after Syracuse handed the Cardinals their first loss of the season.
Texas A&M was among the biggest movers in the rankings, jumping four spots following its 29-24 upset in Tuscaloosa.
The two newcomers this week came from the Big Ten, No. 22 Wisconsin and No. 24 Michigan.
Northwestern and TCU dropped out of the rankings. 

To see the individual votes by coach, visit the Legends Poll.


1 OregonOregon (10) 10-0 417 2
2 Kansas StateKansas State (7) 10-0 415 3
3 Notre DameNotre Dame 10-0 386 4
4 AlabamaAlabama 9-1 371 1
5 GeorgiaGeorgia 9-1 355 6
6 LSULSU 8-2 338 5
7 Florida StateFlorida State 9-1 313 7
8 ClemsonClemson 9-1 291 9
9 Texas A&MTexas A&M 8-2 286 13
10 FloridaFlorida 9-1 282 8
11 South CarolinaSouth Carolina 8-2 264 11
12 StanfordStanford 8-2 243 14
13 OklahomaOklahoma 7-2 226 15
14 NebraskaNebraska 8-2 192 16
15 UCLAUCLA 8-2 175 17
16 Oregon StateOregon State 7-2 153 12
17 USCUSC 7-3 139 19
18 LouisvilleLouisville 9-1 121 10
19 TexasTexas 8-2 119 22
20 Louisiana TechLouisiana Tech 9-1 86 20
21 RutgersRutgers 8-1 79 24
22 WisconsinWisconsin 7-3 58 -
23 Boise StateBoise State 8-2 48 18
24 MichiganMichigan 7-3 42 -
25 Mississippi StateMississippi State 7-3 41 23

Others Receiving Votes: Texas Tech 36, Oklahoma State 12, Northwestern 10, Kent State 7, North Carolina 6, Washington 5, TCU 5, San Diego State 4

Teams Dropped Out from Last Week's Poll: Northwestern, TCU

* The Legends Poll voting process is exactly what the BCS is trying to create and Athlon will bring it to you as the de facto Selection Committee for fans to follow over the next two seasons, allowing you to see how the Selection Committee will operate from 2014 onward. You can see the entire Poll at

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Texas Tech was heavily favored and expected to easily handle Kansas on Saturday afternoon. However, the Jayhawks hung around and gave the Red Raiders all they could handle. 

The frustration clearly showed on the Texas Tech sideline in the third quarter, as coach Tommy Tuberville ripped the headset off of graduate assistant Kevin Oliver after the Red Raiders got a penalty on fourth down. The five-yard setback prevented Texas Tech from going for it on fourth down. 

After the game, Tuberville commented he was trying to grab the coach's shirt since he needed to get off the field. Really? Not sure that explanation really adds up for Tuberville.

<p> Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville Rips Headset Off Assistant</p>
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Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has emerged as one of college football's breakout stars this season, leading the Aggies to a huge road win over Alabama on Saturday. Manziel gashed one of the SEC's best defenses for 253 passing yards and two touchdowns, while adding 92 on the ground.

Not only did Manziel play a perfect game, he provided one of Week 11's highlight-worthy moments. On third-and-goal, Manziel stepped up in the pocket to run, yet was hit and lost the ball. However, the redshirt freshman calmly collected the loose ball in the air and tossed a touchdown strike to Ryan Swope.


<p> Texas A&amp;M's Johnny Manziel Recovers Fumble and Throws Touchdown Pass</p>
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Nebraska coach Bo Pelini isn't afraid to get vocal on the sidelines, but the tables were turned on him in Saturday's win over Penn State. 

After a sluggish performance in the first half, Pelini and safety Daimion Stafford got into a heated exchange on the sideline. It's clear from the video Stafford was not happy with Pelini and appeared to drop a couple of f-bombs in the process. It's not clear what the two were discussing, but let's just say neither party was giving an inch in the heated discussion.

The Cornhuskers' defense struggled to stop the Nittany Lions' offense in the first half but eventually found the right answers in the final two quarters.

<p> Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini Has Testy Exchange With Safety Daimion Stafford</p>
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Even though USC is one of college football's biggest disappointments this year, receiver Marqise Lee should be in the mix for the Heisman Trophy. The sophomore is a lock for All-American honors and continues to be the go-to target for quarterback Matt Barkley.

In Saturday's win over Arizona State, Lee had a ridiculous 38-yard run to put USC into scoring position. The sophomore took the pitch from quarterback Matt Barkley, dodged an Arizona State defender and reversed field to take off down the sidelines. 

<p> USC's Marqise Lee Showcases Ridiculous Moves in Run Against Arizona State</p>
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TCU came up short in its upset bid against Kansas State, but the Horned Frogs didn't go away without a fight. 

Receiver Brandon Carter attempted to give his team some momentum at the end of the first half, taking a kickoff from the goal-line to around the 40-yard line. 

While the return was solid, the biggest highlight has to be Carter's ridiculous hurdle over kicker Anthony Cantele just before he was shoved out of bounds. 

<p> TCU Receiver Brandon Carter Hurdles Kansas State Defender</p>
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Alabama’s 29-24 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday shook up the BCS picture, but in a somewhat predictable way.

Undefeated teams Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame all moved up one spot with the Irish on the outside looking in for a BCS championship game spot. Even with a date against USC on the remaining schedule, Notre Dame’s best friend is the scoreboard where South Bend will watch for a Kansas State or Oregon loss.

The SEC is out of the title game picture for now, but the route to the BCS championship game has been through Atlanta where No. 5 Georgia and the SEC West champion -- presumably No. 4 Alabama if the Tide win the Iron Bowl -- will meet. An SEC championship game with BCS title implications, however, would not seem to be the case unless two of the top three lose in the final three weeks.

Here are a few more observations from the latest release of the BCS standings:


BCS Standings
Nov. 11

Coaches' Poll Harris Poll Comp. Avg. Last Wk.
1. Kansas St. 2 2 2 2
2. Oregon 1 1 4 3
3. Notre Dame 3 3 1 4
4. Alabama 5 4 5 1
5. Georgia 4 5 6 5
6. Florida 7 7 3 6
7. LSU 8 8 7 7
8. Texas A&M 10 10 T-8 15
9. S. Carolina 11 11 T-8 8
10. Florida St. 6 6 T-17 10
11. Clemson 9 9 15 13
12. Oklahoma 12 12 10 12
13. Stanford 13 13 11 14
14. Nebraska 14 14 13 16
15. Texas 15 15 14 17
16. Oregon St. 17 16 12 11

No. 2 Oregon. Alabama’s defeat was probably the biggest friend to Oregon, which became the majority No. 1 team in the coaches’ (44 of 59 first-place votes) and Harris (90 of 115) ballots this week. After defeating 3-8 Cal, Oregon remained fourth in the average computer rankings -- one spot behind Florida. With the Ducks' remaining schedule of No. 13 Stanford, No. 16 Oregon State and a potential Pac-12 title game, Oregon no longer has to worry about being left out if it remains undefeated. With the rash of injuries the Ducks faced this week, finishing undefeated will not be easy.

No. 3 Notre Dame. The Irish moved up a spot, but it’s tough to see them as gaining any momentum. Notre Dame is ranked first in the computer average, ranked either first or second by all six formulas. But the Irish remain third in the coaches’ and Harris polls. The margin between Notre Dame in the BCS average (0.940) and Kansas State (0.950) is slim, but Kansas State still has No. 15 Texas on the schedule while Notre Dame has No. 18 USC. In short, it’s going to be difficult for the Irish to move into the title picture
without a Kansas State or Oregon loss.

No. 13 Stanford at No. 2 Oregon. With all the national title talk and the ascension to No. 1 in the polls, Oregon should be mindful it hasn’t clinched the Pac-12 North yet. The Ducks will remain in the title game picture as long as they win, but Oregon might have trouble asserting the dominance they’ve had during the season thus far. The competition is improving, and the Ducks are dealing with a rash of injuries that has included Kenjon Barner, safety Avery Patterson and five defensive linemen.

No. 18 USC at No. 17 UCLA. The Pac-12 South hasn’t been clinched, either. USC and UCLA will play for the division title in Pasadena. The winner still controls its own destiny for the Rose Bowl and a potential BCS at-large. The loser is playing for the Holiday Bowl or another second-tier Pac-12 tie-in.

No. 1 Kansas State at Baylor. Kansas State is favored by 11 points on the road, but it should be interesting to see how the Wildcats handle being the No. 1 team in the BCS. This is an uneventful week for major matchups -- seven SEC teams will face FCS opponents, for starters -- so the upset watch for Kansas State begins.

The SEC owns the top 10. The SEC is out of the title race for the time being, but the league still owned the top 10 with six teams -- No. 4 Alabama, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Florida, No. 7 LSU, No. 8 Texas A&M and No. 9 South Carolina. An SEC team wasn’t in the top spot for the first time since Nov. 21, 2010, but the league more than made up for it elsewhere. That sets up for some interesting decisions for BCS games selecting at-large teams -- granted Florida and South Carolina stand the highest chance of falling out of contention with games against their ACC rivals.

Texas A&M rockets up the standings. Speaking of a BCS at-large spot, Texas A&M is suddenly in the mix for a BCS at-large spot. The Aggies moved from No. 15 to No. 8 after defeating Alabama. Any of the top-10 SEC teams would be attractive to a BCS game, but A&M hasn’t played in a BCS game since 1998. Enthusiasm in College Station is at a new high, and Johnny Manziel would be a major television draw.

The Pac-12 at-large chances. A team must be among the top 14 to be a BCS at-large. If Oregon wins out, the Pac-12 might have trouble supplying a second team to the BCS. Stanford is ranked No. 13, followed by No. 16 Oregon State, No. 17 UCLA and No. 18 USC. With four of those teams playing each other this week, the picture will be much clearer a week from today.

Louisiana Tech still has a slim shot in the BCS. At No. 20, the Bulldogs are one spot behind the top-ranked Big East team (Louisville) and two spots ahead of the Big East leader in the standings. Louisiana Tech has to hope for a little bit of chaos in the Big East, but the Bulldogs have their own toughest WAC games ahead of them against Utah State (8-2) and San Jose State (8-2).

Notes on BCS selection:
Automatic BCS bids go to the top two for the title game, the champions of the ACC (Orange Bowl), Big 12 (Fiesta), Big Ten (Rose), Pac-12 (Rose) and SEC (Sugar). The Big East’s automatic bid is not tied to a particular bowl.

Notre Dame receives an automatic bid if it finishes in the top eight.

A champion from a non-automatic qualifying league (Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and non-Notre Dame independents) receive an automatic bid if it finishes in the top 12 of the standings or if it finishes in the top 16 and ahead of a champion from a non-AQ conference.

To be eligible for an at-large BCS bid, a team must have nine or more wins and finish in the top 14 of the BCS standings.

Once automatic tie-ins are placed, the selection order for BCS bids goes as follows: 1. The bowl losing the BCS No. 1 team to the championship game, 2. The bowl losing the BCS No. 2 team, 3. The Fiesta Bowl, 4. The Sugar, 5. The Orange.

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