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There were no changes in the power rankings, but it was still a huge weekend for the SEC. Thanks to losses by both Kansas State and Oregon, the winner of the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia will be in position to play for the national championship. Also of note, Vanderbilt beat Tennessee in Nashville for the first time in 30 years.

Post-Week 12 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M — Manziel is now at the forefront of the Heisman Trophy race. The redshirt freshman quarterback leads the SEC in rushing (101.3 ypg) and ranks second in the nation in total offense (378.3 ypg).

2. AJ McCarron, Alabama — McCarron barely broke a sweat in the Crimson Tide’s 49–0 win over Western Carolina. The junior quarterback completed 6-of-6 for 133 yards and one touchdown. He now ranks third nationally in passing efficiency.

3. Aaron Murray, Georgia — Murray had a productive day throwing the football in the Bulldogs’ 45–14 win over Georgia Southern. He threw for 330 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The junior ranks first in the nation in passing efficiency and has 15 touchdowns and no interceptions in his last three games. 

Post-Week 12 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
— Clowney did not play in South Carolina’s win over Wofford due to a foot injury. For the season, the sophomore defensive end has 42 total tackles (17 for a loss) with 9.5 sacks.

2. Jarvis Jones, Georgia — Jones had six tackles, including one for a loss, in the Bulldogs’ win over Georgia Southern. The junior linebacker now has 18 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks for the season.

3. Damontre Moore, Texas A&M — The junior defensive end recorded four tackles in the Aggies’ win over Sam Houston State. He continues to lead the SEC in tackles for a loss with 20.0 and sacks with 12.5.

Post-Week 12 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 two weeks ago they knocked off Alabama in Tuscaloosa. 

2. James Franklin, Vanderbilt — The Commodores rolled past Tennessee with surprising ease on Saturday night to improve to 7–4 in Franklin’s second season on the job. Vanderbilt tied a school record with five SEC wins in Franklin’s second 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  12 SEC Power Rankings

1. Alabama (10–1, 6–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 1
Week 12 result: Beat Western Carolina 49–0
Alabama disposed of FCS lightweight Western Carolina with little difficulty on Saturday afternoon. The big news, however, came late Saturday night, when both Kansas State (BCS No. 1) and Oregon (BCS No. 2) were knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten. Alabama climbed to No. 2 in the BCS standings and will play for the national title with wins over Auburn next week and Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.

Next week: Auburn

2. Georgia (10–1, 7–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 2
Week 12 result: Beat Georgia Southern 45–14
It was a struggle for a while, but Georgia pulled away in the second half en route to a 45–14 win over Georgia Southern. The Bulldogs had some trouble at times with Georgia Southern’s option attack, but only allowed one touchdown through the first three quarters and 318 total yards for the game. Aaron Murray was the offensive star for Georgia, throwing for 330 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. With both Oregon and Kansas State losing, Georgia now controls its own destiny to play for the national title. 
Next week: Georgia Tech

3. Florida (10–1, 7–1 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 3
Week 12 result: Beat Jacksonville State 23–0
Nothing comes easy for the Gators these days. Florida improved to 10–1 overall with a 23–0 win over Jacksonville State despite scoring only one offensive touchdown and recording only 356 yards of offense. Jacoby Brissett, playing for the injured Jeff Driskell, completed 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Senior tailback Mike Gillieslee rushed for 122 yards on 20 carries, his first 100-yard game since early October.
Next week: at Florida State

4. LSU (9–2, 5–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 4
Week 12 result: Beat Ole Miss 41–35
LSU kept its slim SEC West title hopes alive with a wild 41–35 win over Ole Miss in Baton Rouge. The Tigers gave up 463 total yards, including 310 through the air, but made key plays at the right time. Late in the fourth quarter, Anthony Johnson and Lavar Edwards sacked Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace on consecutive plays to knock the Rebels from the 18 to the 36-yard line. Then, after Ole Miss missed a 53-yard field goal attempts, LSU drove 64 yards on nine plays for the game-winning touchdown. To win the SEC West and play in the SEC title game, LSU needs to beat Arkansas, Missouri needs to beat Texas A&M and Auburn needs to beat Alabama.
Next week: at Arkansas

5. Texas A&M (9–2, 5–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 5
Week 12 result: Beat Sam Houston State 47–28
Texas A&M won for the ninth time in the past 10 games, cruising to a 47–28 win over FCS power Sam Houston State. Quarterback Johnny Manziel threw for 267 yards and one touchdown and rushed for 100 yards and two scores to lead the Aggie attack. With Collin Klein struggling in Kansas State’s loss to Baylor, Manziel has emerged as the frontrunner in the Heisman Trophy race.
Next week: Missouri

6. South Carolina (9–2, 6–2 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 6
Week 12 result: Beat Wofford 24–7
South Carolina was outgained 330-to-293 but managed to escape Williams-Brice Stadium with a tougher-than-expected 24–7 win over Wofford. Connor Shaw completed 16-of-20 passes for 122 yards with one touchdown and one interception, and Kenny Miles rushed for 127 yards and a score to lead the Carolina offense. The Gamecocks completed their first unbeaten (7–0) at home since 1987.
Next week: at Clemson

7. Mississippi State (8–3, 4–3 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Beat Arkansas 45–14
Mississippi State snapped a three-game losing streak with a emphatic 45–14 win over Arkansas in Starkville. The Bulldogs fell behind 14–7 early in the second quarter but scored the game’s final 31 points to secure no worse than a .500 record in the SEC. Tyler Russell was sharp for MSU, completing 19-of-32 passes for 274 yards with four touchdowns an no interceptions. Tailback LaDarius Perkins, who missed the LSU game with an injury, returned to the lineup and rushed for 91 yards on 17 carries. The Bulldogs recorded a season-high 505 yards of total offense.
Next week: at Ole Miss

8. Vanderbilt (7–4, 5–3 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 8
Week 12 result: Beat Tennessee 41–18
Vanderbilt beat Tennessee in Nashville for the first time since 1982 — and did so in dominating fashion. The Commodores broke open a tight game with 28 straight points in the second half to claim their fifth straight win. The Vanderbilt defense held the powerful Volunteer offense to 303 total yards (second fewest of the season) and allowed UT to convert only 2-of-15 on third down. Jordan Rodgers outdueled UT’s Tyler Bray, throwing for 245 yards and two touchdowns. The 23-point win was the largest margin of victory for Vanderbilt over Tennessee since 1954. The Commodores, with five SEC wins, have secured their first winning league record since 1982.
Next week: at Wake Forest

9. Ole Miss (5–6, 2¬–5 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 9
Week 12 result: Lost to LSU 41–35
It’s been a tough two weeks for the Ole Miss Rebels. One week after blowing a 23–6 second half lead at home to Vanderbilt, Ole Miss battled LSU to the wire in Baton Rouge before falling 41–35. The Rebels outgained LSU 463-to-427 but committed four turnovers and had trouble protecting quarterback Bo Wallace on a decisive fourth quarter drive. Wallace threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns on only 15 completions but was responsible for three of the Rebels’ turnovers. He also rushed for two touchdowns, including a 58-yard run up the middle in the first quarter. Ole Miss must beat rival Mississippi State in Oxford next week to become bowl-eligible.
Next week: Mississippi State

10. Arkansas (4–7, 2–5 SEC)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Lost to Mississippi State 45–14
It’s official: Arkansas, a top-15 team in the preseason, will not play in a bowl game. The Razorbacks dropped to 4–7 overall and 2–5 in the SEC with a 45–17 loss at Mississippi State. Arkansas was done in once again by a pass defense that has been among the worst in the nation in 2012. MSU threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns, becoming the seventh team to top the 275-yard mark against the Hogs. Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson completed 23-of-29 passes for 225 yard and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted twice. Wilson has thrown seven picks in the last four games; he threw only six all of last season.
Next week: LSU

11. Missouri (5–6, 2–5 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 11
Week 12 result: Lost to Syracuse 31–27
Missouri lost for the fourth time at home this season, falling to Syracuse 31–27 on a 17-yard touchdown pass with 37 seconds remaining. Missouri held leads of 14–3, 17–10, 24–17 and 27–24 but had trouble stopping the Syracuse passing attack all night long. SU quarterback Ryan Nassib threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns and wide out Alec Lemon caught 12 passes for 244 yards. Missouri quarterback James Franklin completed 17-of-23 for 278 yards and two scores but had to be replaced in the fourth quarter for an undisclosed injury. The Tigers must beat Texas A&M in College Station to become bowl-eligible.
Next week: at Texas A&M

12. Tennessee (4–7, 0–7 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 11
Week 12 result: Lost to Vanderbilt 41–18
The Derek Dooley era is over. It became official on Sunday morning, about 12 hours after the Vols suffered their worst defeat to Vanderbilt since 1954. The final score was 41–18 — and it could have been worse. The Volunteers were completely dominated in the second half on their way to their eighth straight SEC road loss. The Tennessee offense, which had scored 103 points in the previous two games, was held to one touchdown (the Vols added a scored on special teams). Tyler Bray had his worst outing of the season, completing only 11-of-29 for 103 yards with one touchdown and two picks. Bray was pulled in the second quarter but returned to the lineup in the second half. Tennessee ends its season next week vs. Kentucky. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as the interim head coach.
Next week: Kentucky

13. Auburn (3–8, 0–7 SEC)
Last week:
Week 12 result: Beat Alabama A&M 51–7
This one was never in doubt. Auburn jumped on Alabama A&M early, taking a 21–0 lead after one quarter and a 35–0 at the half. The Tigers rolled up 502 yards offense, led by tailbacks Tre Mason (181 yards) and Onterio McCalebb (104 yards). True freshman Jonathan Wallace continues to play well at quarterback; he completed 10-of-18 for 171 yards and one touchdown. Auburn now makes the trip across the state to battle rival Alabama, which is back in the national title picture.
Next week: at Alabama

14. Kentucky (2–9, 0–7 SEC)
Last week’s rank: 14
Week 12 result: Beat Samford 34–3
Joker Phillips won in his final game at Commonwealth Stadium as the Wildcats snapped an eight-game winning streak with a convincing win over Samford. The Cats outgained Samford 455-to-102 by dominating on the line of scrimmage. UK ran for a season-high 342 yards, with Raymond Sanders (123 yards), Dyshawn Mobley (82) and Jonathan George (76) doing most of the damage. Jalen Whitlow received most of the snaps at quarterback and completed 10-of-13 for 66 yards and one touchdown.
Next week: at Tennessee

<p>  </p> <p> There were no changes in the power rankings, but it was still a huge weekend for the SEC. Thanks to losses by both Kansas State and Oregon, the winner of the SEC title game between Alabama and Georgia will be in position to play for the national championship. Also of note, Vanderbilt beat Tennessee in Nashville for the first time in 30 years.</p>
Post date: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05:45
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Derek DooleyAfter Saturday’s 41-18 loss to Vanderbilt, Tennessee decided to pull the plug on the Derek Dooley era. Dooley went 6-7 in his first season in Knoxville but went 9-14 over the next two years. Also, the Volunteers were just 4-19 in SEC play under his watch and was off to a 0-7 start in 2012. Dooley didn’t inherit a full cupboard to work with in 2010, but the program hasn’t made considerable progress under his watch.

15 Coaching Candidates to Replace Derek Dooley at Tennessee


Sonny Dykes, head coach, Louisiana Tech – Dykes is one of the hottest names for BCS vacancies this offseason. The Texas native is 22-14 in three years at Louisiana Tech and has previous SEC experience at Kentucky in 1997 and 1999. Dykes also has stops as an assistant at Texas Tech and Arizona. Even though Dykes has proven he is a good coach, would Tennessee shy away from hiring someone else from Louisiana Tech?

Larry Fedora, head coach, North Carolina – Fedora is just in his first season at North Carolina, but he is a name to watch in this coaching search. An ongoing academic scandal prior to Fedora’s arrival is a concern, especially if the NCAA decides to get involved. Fedora went 34-19 in four seasons at Southern Miss, leading the Golden Eagles to four bowl games. The Texas native is 7-4 in his first season at North Carolina and has previous SEC experience with a stint as Florida’s offensive coordinator from 2002-04.

Al Golden, head coach, Miami – Considering the NCAA hammer is about to drop on Miami, Golden may look to escape for a better job this offseason. The New Jersey native has spent most of his career on the East Coast, playing for Penn State from 1987-91 and coaching as an assistant at Virginia, Boston College and Penn State. Golden resurrected Temple and led the Owls to a 17-8 record during his final two years in Philadelphia. Miami is just 11-11 in his two years, but the program did not have an abundance of talent when he arrived.

Jon Gruden, former NFL head coach – Gruden’s name has been mentioned prominently among Tennessee fans over the last year. The former NFL head coach has some connections to Rocky Top, as he worked as a graduate assistant in Knoxville from 1986-87 and his wife went to Tennessee. Gruden went 95-81 during his time in the NFL, which included a Super Bowl victory in 2002. He is also highly regarded for his work on offense, but the West Coast offense is a difficult scheme to implement in college. Two key questions for Tennessee to ponder: Would Gruden enjoy recruiting? How about the lure of the NFL: Would he stick around for five years?

Related Content: 5 Reasons Why Jon Gruden Would Be a Bad Fit at Tennessee 

Darrell Hazell, head coach, Kent State – Hazell has only been a head coach for two seasons, but he has clearly made a difference at Kent State. In two years with the Golden Flashes, Hazell is 15-8 and won the MAC East title in 2012. Before coming to Kent State, the New Jersey native made stops as an assistant at Western Michigan, Army, West Virginia, Rutgers and Ohio State. Hazell has no experience in the SEC but is a rising star in the coaching ranks.

Kliff Kingsbury, offensive coordinator, Texas A&M – Kingsbury has helped to coordinate one of the nation’s top offenses this season and oversaw the development of Johnny Manziel. He also thrived as an offensive coordinator at Houston and played under Bill Belichick during his NFL career. The only downside to Kingsbury? He has no head coaching experience.

Mike MacIntyre, head coach, San Jose State – MacIntyre has turned San Jose State into one of the WAC’s worst teams into a bowl team in just three years. The Spartans went 1-12 in 2010, improved to 5-7 in 2011 and have climbed to 9-2 this season. MacIntyre has stops as an assistant at Temple, Ole Miss, Duke and in the NFL with the Cowboys and Jets. MacIntyre isn’t a flashy or a big name, but as the results have shown at San Jose State, he’s capable of leading a BCS program.

Gus Malzahn, head coach, Arkansas State – Malzahn has made a quick rise through the coaching ranks. The Texas native was a high school head coach in 2005 and joined Arkansas’ coaching staff in 2006. After one season in Fayetteville, Malzahn joined Tulsa and spent two years working under Todd Graham. Malzahn moved to Auburn in 2009 and was a key piece in the Tigers’ national championship. Arkansas State is 8-3 in Malzahn’s first season and as expected, ranks near the top of the Sun Belt in scoring, passing, total and rushing offense. The only downside to Malzahn? Only one year of head coaching experience on the collegiate level.

Dan Mullen, head coach, Mississippi State – Even though Mullen has yet to beat Alabama or LSU during his tenure in Starkville, there’s no doubt Mississippi State is an improved team. The Bulldogs will be making their third consecutive bowl appearance in 2012 and has a 13-18 mark in SEC play over the last four years. Mullen also has assistant experience from stops at Bowling Green, Notre Dame, Utah and Florida. Considering what Mullen has done in four years at Mississippi State, he could thrive at a program with more resources.

Bobby Petrino, former Arkansas head coach – There’s no question Petrino is the most polarizing name in coaching searches this offseason. Petrino has been successful at each of his stops in college, leading Louisville to a 41-9 mark in four years and a 34-17 record in four seasons at Arkansas. The Montana native is highly regarded for his work with quarterbacks and offenses and has four years of NFL experience. While those are the positives, Petrino had a messy exit from Arkansas after lying to athletic director Jeff Long about the details of a motorcycle crash in late March. Petrino has already indicated he is ready to work and considering what happened at Arkansas, it’s a safe bet he doesn’t make the same mistakes that ended his tenure in Fayetteville. 

Kirby Smart, defensive coordinator, Alabama – Although Smart is due for his shot to run a program, you have to wonder if Tennessee will shy away from hiring another Nick Saban assistant after firing Derek Dooley. Smart is well-versed in the SEC, as he was born in Alabama, played at Georgia and has made stops as an assistant at LSU, Georgia and Alabama. 

Mark Stoops, defensive coordinator, Florida State – Stoops is one of the nation’s best assistants and like Kirby Smart, it’s only a matter of time before he gets a chance to become a head coach. Stoops made stops as an assistant at South Florida, Wyoming, Houston, Miami and Arizona before coming to Florida State. The Seminoles have been one of the nation’s top defenses during his watch in Tallahassee, which includes a No. 1 overall rank in 2012.

Charlie Strong, head coach, Louisville – Even though Strong has mentioned he his committed to Louisville, the uncertainty surrounding the Big East could be enough to make a move. Strong has been a home-run hire for Louisville, leading the Cardinals to a 23-13 mark during his three seasons. He also has SEC experience, spending time at Florida, Ole Miss and South Carolina. Strong’s recruiting connections in Florida would be appealing for any athletic director, while his background on defense has to be attractive for Tennessee after the disastrous 2012 season.

Willie Taggart, head coach, Western Kentucky – Taggart was one of the hottest names in the coaching rumor mill earlier this season, especially after Western Kentucky opened 5-1 with a win over Kentucky. However, the Hilltoppers have tailed off in recent weeks, losing their last three games and dropping to 6-5 overall. Despite the recent setback, Taggart is a good coach and will get a chance to run a BCS program in the near future.

Tommy Tuberville, head coach, Texas Tech – Tuberville already has two tours of duty through the SEC, coaching at Ole Miss from 1995-98 and at Auburn in 1999-2008. In four seasons with the Rebels, he recorded a 25-20 mark and went 85-40 at Auburn. Tuberville is 20-15 in three seasons at Texas Tech and has the Red Raiders back on track after a 5-7 mark in 2011. Tuberville isn’t flashy, but he’s a proven winner and a steady option for Tennessee.

Other Names to Watch

David Cutcliffe, head coach, Duke – Cutcliffe is a name that’s certainly familiar around Knoxville. He worked as an assistant coach in Knoxville from 1982-98 and then again from 2006-07. Cutcliffe has two stops as a head coach, working from 1998-2004 at Ole Miss with a 44-29 mark. Since 2008, Cutcliffe has been the head coach at Duke and led the Blue Devils to their first bowl game since 1994 this season. Cutcliffe isn’t a flashy hire but has previous experience at Tennessee and is highly regarded for his work with quarterbacks. However, Cutcliffe has mentioned he is committed to staying at Duke for 2013.

Pete Lembo, head coach, Ball State – Lembo has been a consistent winner at three different stops, posting a 44-14 mark at Lehigh, a 35-22 record at Elon and a 14-9 mark in two seasons at Ball State. He’s ready for a shot to run a BCS program.

Gary Patterson, head coach, TCU – The rumor mill will throw Patterson’s name out there, but he’s not leaving TCU.

Todd Monken, offensive coordinator, Oklahoma State – Monken has never been a head coach but over the last two years, has helped to coordinate one of the nation’s best offenses at Oklahoma State.

Chad Morris, offensive coordinator, Clemson - Morris has emerged as one of the top offensive minds in college football, leading Clemson's offense to an average of 44.6 points a game this season. Morris has no head coaching experience and already has a salary of $1.3 million, so it would take a significant raise to leave Clemson.

Brent Pease, offensive coordinator, Florida – Pease is a long-time assistant that is expected to get into the mix for a head coaching job this offseason. He has stops as an assistant at Kentucky, Baylor, Boise State and Florida.

by Steven Lassan


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Post date: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05:40
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A chance to coach college football at the top level of the game for a living should make any man on the sideline to be thankful.

Some should be more thankful than others this year, though, to be coaching major college football this season.

Whether they’re thankful for their health, thankful for a second chance or thankful to be gainfully employed despite the results, here is our list of coaches who should be extra thankful to be wearing a headset this Thanksgiving:

Mack Brown, Texas
With four consecutive wins, the Longhorns have their act back together after an embarrassing 63-21 loss to Oklahoma and close calls against Baylor and Kansas. Texas is 8-2 and could be in the discussion for a BCS bid, especially if the Longhorns manage to upset Kansas State in Manhattan. Brown wasn’t the most popular man in Austin back in September, but he could have Texas back at 10 wins for the first time since 2009.

Norm Chow, Hawaii
The former offensive coordinator, whose star has fallen quite a bit since he coached Heisman winners at USC in the early 2000s, is thankful to have finally landed his first head coaching job at Hawaii. After starting 1-9, Chow eventually might be thankful to keep his job for however long he hangs onto it.

Bob Davie, New Mexico
Hiring a man whose last coaching job was the first of three ill-fated tenures at Notre Dame more than a decade ago would be a tough sell for most fanbases. Davie, though, is thankful for New Mexico rolling the dice on a 58-year-old coach who spent more time in the broadcast booth than on the sideline the last 11 years. New Mexico won’t go to a bowl game, but the Lobos have won more games in Davie’s first season than they did during all of Mike Locksley’s three years.

Jerry Kill, Minnesota
Kill has dealt with occasionally frightening health issues for several years now, including a suffering a seizure on the field during a game against New Mexico State last year and in the locker room after a loss to Northwestern this season. Few will savor Minnesota’s return to a bowl game more than Kill, one of the nation’s most underrated coaches.

Mike Leach, Washington State, and Tommy Tuberville, Texas Tech
On the same day in November, Leach and his staff were accused of player mistreatment by his former star wide receiver, and Tuberville was caught on camera swatting the headset off the head of a graduate assistant during the game. Leach had the backing of his athletic director, though an investigation by the Pac-12 is in progress. Tuberville has since apologized and received a public reprimand. Considering the history -- Leach losing his job over player mistreatment accusations at Texas Tech and Tuberville coaching at Tech where basketball coach Billy Gillispie also received such allegations -- both may be thankful when these issues fade away with out serious repercussions.

Will Muschamp, Florida
It’s better to be lucky than good. At least on offense for Florida. The Gators are indeed a charmed one-loss bunch. A blocked punt for a touchdown in the final minute salvaged a win against Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 10. Before that, four Missouri interceptions covered up a lackluster performance against Missouri. And then there’s South Carolina. Poor South Carolina, who fumbled twice around its own goal line and had a field goal blocked in the loss to Florida. The Gators may not be too much better than the group that went 7-6 last season, but they sure are luckier.

Bill O’Brien, Penn State
Penn State’s football program will take an inevitable dive as NCAA sanctions start to take hold in the coming years. For now, though, O’Brien is enjoying a 7-4 season, including 5-2 in the Big Ten. Not bad, considering the season started with a 24-17 loss to Ohio and a missed-kick-fest against Virginia. The hire of O’Brien, the former New England Patriots offensive coordinator, was not universally applauded, but the no-nonsense coach and Penn State should be thankful he’s a good fit in State College.

Mark Richt, Georgia
Before the season, Richt had reason to be thankful for a schedule that dodged Alabama and LSU. Richt is thankful for much more. For the second consecutive season, Georgia lost to South Carolina but will win the SEC East anyway. The fortuitous bounces in Florida’s favor against the Gamecocks knocked Carolina down in the East standings and put Georgia back in contention. Then, the Gators’ turnovers against Georgia in Jacksonville put the Bulldogs in the driver’s seat for the SEC title game. After Kansas State and Oregon both lost Saturday, a win in the SEC championship game could send Georgia to the national title game despite being outclassed in a 35-7 loss to South Carolina.

John L. Smith, Arkansas
The coach who urged reporters to “smile” likely won’t need any reminders to be thankful. It’s been a tough year for Smith off the field with the passing of his brother in addition to the coach dealing with financial problems. Arkansas football won’t reach a bowl game this season, but Smith may be the first to say that coaching college football as a profession is worthy of gratitude no matter the on-field results.

Charlie Weis, Kansas
Weis went 19-6 in his first two seasons at Notre Dame, but his college results since then have been less than stellar: 16-21 at Notre Dame and a putrid offense at Florida with Weis as coordinator. Weis has reason to be thankful to be a coach in any major conference, even if its the toughest job in the Big 12.

<p> 10 coaches who should be thankful to be on a college football sideline</p>
Post date: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05:30
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The de facto Big East championship game between Louisville and Rutgers has been established with the Scarlet Knights’ 10-3 win over Cincinnati on Saturday.

But that’s not going to be the big topic around the Big East in the two weeks before the game in Piscataway. The Big East may yet again be the subject of conference realignment talk as reports surfaced Saturday that Maryland is in negotiations to leave the ACC for the Big Ten, a possibility that could cause Rutgers to leave the Big East to be the Big Ten’s 14th member.

As far as developments on the field, Rutgers remains in position for its first (and only?) Big East title.

Teddy Bridgewater

Offensive Player of the Year Standings
1. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville --
The Cardinals’ bid at an undefeated season is up, but Bridgewater has been excellent the last three games with 1,164 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. Even more will be on his shoulders with leading rusher Senorise Perry out for the season.

2. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse -- Nassib continued his hot streak in a non-conference game against Missouri, passing for 385 yards and two touchdowns in Columbia. His lone interception against the Tigers was his first since Oct. 13.

3. Alec Lemon, Syracuse -- The Nassib-Lemon connection has been key to Syracuse’s turnaround this season. Lemon caught 12 passes for 244 yards with two touchdowns against Missouri, giving him 727 yards and seven touchdowns in the last five games.

Defensive Player of the Year Standings
1. Khaseem Greene, Rutgers --
Greene led the way for the defense in Rutgers’ 10-3 win over Cincinnati with 11 tackles, two sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss.

2. Sio Moore, Connecticut -- Moore is two weeks removed from recording two sacks and a forced fumble against Pittsburgh. He and the UConn defense will have their work cut out for them in the next two weeks against Louisville and Cincinnati.

3. Logan Ryan, Rutgers -- Ryan anchors the standout Rutgers’ secondary with four interceptions and 13 pass breakups. Ryan picked up an interception at Rutgers‘ 3 to turn back a Cincinnati scoring chance early.

Coach of the Year Standings
1. Kyle Flood, Rutgers --
Flood has done in one season Greg Schiano never did in building the Rutgers program to relevance. The Scarlet Knights are off to a 5-0 start in conference play and have a chance to deliver a Big East title and a BCS bid for the first time in school history.

2. Charlie Strong, Louisville -- A BCS bid remains in sight for the Cardinals. After an off week, Strong will try to repair a defense that flopped against Syracuse. This week’s opponent, UConn, won’t provide much of a test downfield for Louisville, but Rutgers could in the finale.

3. Doug Marrone, Syracuse -- The Syracuse alum has gone from a hot seat candidate to doing one of the better coaching jobs in the league over the second half of the season. Once inconsistent, Syracuse has won four of the last five to become bowl eligible.

Big East Post-Week 12 Power Rankings

1. Rutgers (9-1, 5-0)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Rutgers becomes the first team not named Louisville to take the top spot in the Big East power rankings thanks to a dominating defensive performance against Cincinnati. The Bearcats rushed for a season-low 90 yards, and Brendon Kay threw two interceptions against Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights still have lingering concerns on offense with two red zone interceptions and a missed field goal. With Jawan Jamison hobbled, however, sophomore Savon Huggins delivered on the promise he showed as a recruit by rushing for 179 yards on 41 carries.
This week: at Pittsburgh

2. Louisville (9-1, 4-1)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Off
The off week may have come at a good time for Louisville. Several weeks of close calls finally caught up to the Cardinals in a 45-26 loss to Nov. 10. Louisville will face Connecticut on Saturday and then have a five-day turnaround for the Big East title at Rutgers. The Cardinals’ two-man show at running back is down to Jeremy Wright (680 yards, nine touchdowns) after a season-ending injury to Senorise Perry against Syracuse.
This week: Connecticut

3. Syracuse (6-5, 4-2)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Beat Missouri 31-27
Wildly inconsistent to start the season, Syracuse has settled into a rhythm with four wins in the last five games, including two road wins (USF and Missouri) and a victory over undefeated Louisville. Ryan Nassib led another fourth-quarter comeback with a 17-yard pass to Alec Lemon in the final 17 seconds to wrap up a 21-point fourth quarter. Syracuse is bowl eligible for the second time under Doug Marrone and could be in line for an eight-win season with the Orange can defeat Temple and then win a bowl game.
This week: at Temple (Friday)

4. Cincinnati (7-3, 3-2)
Last week’s rank: 3
Week 12 result: Lost to Rutgers 10-3
Yet again, Cincinnati couldn’t find away to crack the Rutgers defense. For the second consecutive year, the Bearcats managed just a field goal against the Scarlet Knights. Cincinnati changed quarterbacks two weeks ago, but the Bearcats ended up with similar results with two interceptions on 17-of-31 passing from Brendon Kay. Even George Winn, the rock of the Cincinnati defense, was stymied for 46 yards. With the loss, Cincinnati lost a slim chance to reach a BCS game.
This week: USF (Friday)

5. Pittsburgh (4-6, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Off
Pittsburgh is coming off an open date after two deflating losses -- one in triple overtime against Notre Dame and an upset by Connecticut. The UConn loss may be the most damaging to Pitt’s bowl hopes as the 4-6 Panthers face Big East-leading Rutgers this week in a game that could eliminate Pitt from the postseason. Interestingly, Pitt’s season-opening loss to Youngstown State means nothing for the Panthers’ bowl eligibility as Pitt defeated a second FCS team, Gardner-Webb, on Sept. 22. Only one win over an FCS team counts toward bowl eligibility.
This week: Rutgers

6. USF (3-7, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Lost to Miami 40-9
Skip Holtz burned the redshirt of junior quarterback Bobby Eveld, a decision which turned out to be short-lived. Eveld, who started in place of B.J. Daniels’ season-long backup Matt Floyd, was knocked out in the first quarter with an injury. Eveld went 3 of 8 for 29 yards while Floyd finished 20 of 35 for 175 yards and two picks. As has been the case all season, the defense flopped for USF, allowing Miami to pass for 463 yards. The clock may be ticking for coach Skip Holtz.
This week: at Cincinnati (Friday)

7. Connecticut (4-6, 1-4)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Off
Connecticut is a week removed from its shocking 24-17 upset of Pittsburgh. Winning the final two games against Louisville and Cincinnati will be a tough task, but the Huskies will try to duplicate what worked against Pitt. The run game is returning from its best day in Big East play with 132 yards, and the Huskies’ defense remains one of the best in the conference. UConn ranks ninth nationally in total defense at 296.2 yards allowed per game.
This week: at Louisville

8. Temple (4-6, 2-4)
Last week’s rank:
Week 12 result: Beat Army 63-32
Against Army, Montel Harris had one of the best rushing performances of any player this season with a Big East-record 351 yards and seven touchdowns, the latter being one short of the FBS record. Harris’ effort naturally overshadowed Temple’s change at quarterback where Clinton Granger made his first start of the season. Grange was 2 of 4 for 31 yards but rushed for 85 yards. Beyond Harris, Temple rushed for 534 yards and nine touchdowns against Army.
This week: Syracuse (Friday)

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The Coastal Division was still up for grabs after Saturday's action, but the Atlantic Division title was clinched by Florida State in Week 12. The Seminoles dominated Maryland to claim their second division title under Jimbo Fisher, while Clemson kept its at-large BCS hopes alive with a victory over NC State. Although the action on the field didn't sort out the Coastal, the champion was declared on Monday, as Miami self-imposed a postseason ban, which means Georgia Tech will meet Florida State in Charlotte.

Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson – Boyd climbs to the No. 1 spot after another strong performance. The junior threw for 426 yards and five touchdowns, while adding 103 yards and three scores on the ground against NC State.

2. Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina – Bernard failed to record 100 yards for the second consecutive game but still finished with 104 overall yards and one touchdown in the win over Virginia.

3. EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State – Manuel didn’t have a standout performance against Maryland, throwing for 144 yards and two touchdowns on 17 completions. However, the senior is completing 68.8 percent of his throws this season and has just six interceptions on 295 passes.

Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State – It’s a tossup between Carradine and teammate Bjoern Werner for the top spot. Carradine recorded five tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss against Maryland.

2. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State – Werner and Carradine are really neck-and-neck for the No. 1 ranking. Werner picked up four tackles and two tackles for a loss against Maryland.

3. Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland – Vellano recorded just two tackles and was very quiet in Saturday’s loss to Florida State.

Coach of the Year Standings

1. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State – The Seminoles clinched their third ACC Championship appearance with a 41-14 victory over Maryland. Fisher is 29-9 in three seasons in Tallahassee.

2. David Cutcliffe, Duke – The Blue Devils have slipped in recent weeks, but Cutcliffe still has this team on track to make its first bowl appearance since 1994.

3. Dabo Swinney, Clemson – The Tigers are quietly on a roll, winning each of their last seven games by at least 14 points.

ACC Post-Week 12 Power Rankings

1. Florida State (10-1, 7-1 ACC)
Last Week: 1
Week 12 Result: Beat Maryland 41-14
With an ACC Atlantic title on the line, the Seminoles took care of business in a 41-14 rout over Maryland. Florida State outgained the Terrapins 397 to 170, while the defense forced five sacks and two turnovers. Quarterback EJ Manuel completed 17 of 23 throws, and Devonta Freeman gashed Maryland for 148 yards on 16 carries. The Seminoles didn’t allow a point until the third quarter and held the Terrapins to just 3.2 yards per play. Florida State will be making its third appearance in the ACC Championship and its second under Jimbo Fisher. However, the Seminoles have a little business to handle before that game, as they have a huge showdown against rival Florida next Saturday.
Next Game: Florida

2. Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC)
Last Week: 2
Week 12 Result: Beat NC State 62-48
The Tigers kept their at-large BCS hopes alive with a 62-48 shootout victory over NC State. Quarterback Tajh Boyd continued his red-hot play with 529 overall yards and eight touchdowns. Boyd didn’t do it alone on offense, as running back Andre Ellington chipped in 124 rushing yards, while receiver Sammy Watkins had 11 catches for 110 yards and one touchdown. The defense gave up 48 points but picked off NC State quarterback Mike Glennon once and sacked him four times. The Tigers close out their 2012 regular season with a matchup against in-state rival South Carolina.
Next Game: South Carolina

3. Georgia Tech (6-5, 5-3 ACC)
Last Week: 8
Week 12 Result: Beat Duke 42-24
After a 2-4 start, things looked bleak for Georgia Tech and its chances of making a bowl game. However, the Yellow Jackets have rallied with three wins in their last four games and are still alive to play for the ACC Championship. Quarterback Tevin Washington turned in a solid performance against Duke, throwing for three touchdowns and adding 62 yards and one score on the ground. The defense also stepped up, holding the Blue Devils to 275 yards and just one touchdown after halftime. The good news for Georgia Tech? Miami self-imposed a postseason ban, which means the Yellow Jackets will meet Florida State for the ACC title.
Next Game: at Georgia

4. North Carolina (7-4, 4-3 ACC)
Last Week: 3
Week 12 Result: Beat Virginia 37-13
After a bad all-around outing against Georgia Tech, the Tar Heels rebounded with a 37-13 win over Virginia on Thursday night. Running back Giovani Bernard failed to record 100 rushing yards for the second consecutive game, but quarterback Bryn Renner was sharp, completing 29 of 36 throws for 315 yards and three touchdowns. Freshman receiver Quinshad Davis is quickly emerging as a potential star next year in the ACC, catching 16 receptions for 178 yards against the Cavaliers. Although the offense was solid, the defensive performance was an even bigger highlight, holding Virginia to 350 yards, picking up two turnovers and four sacks.
Next Game: Maryland

5. Miami (6-5, 4-3 ACC)
Last Week: 4
Week 12 Result: Beat South Florida 40-9
With Saturday’s win over South Florida, Miami reached the all-important six-win mark. And on Monday, the school decided to self-impose a postseason ban, which means the Hurricanes won't play in the ACC Championship. Miami’s offense was sharp in the win over South Florida, recording 548 total yards and 40 points. Quarterback Stephen Morris threw for 413 yards, while Duke Johnson added 66 and one score on the ground. The Hurricanes close out the regular season against Duke next Saturday.
Next Game: at Duke

6. Virginia Tech (5-6, 3-4 ACC)
Last Week: 5
Week 12 Result: Beat Boston College 30-23
Considering how well the Hokies played against Florida State last week and Boston College’s 2-8 record, Saturday’s trip to Chestnut Hill was supposed to be an easy trip for Frank Beamer’s team. However, Virginia Tech had a tougher battle than most expected, as it had to escape with a victory in overtime. Quarterback Logan Thomas was held in check on the ground and completed 16 of 33 passes for 247 yards and two scores. The Hokies used a 41-yard field goal from kicker Cody Journell to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, while Thomas hit Randall Dunn for a seven-yard touchdown for the winning score in overtime. Virginia Tech hosts Virginia next Saturday, with a win giving the Hokies six victories and another trip to the postseason.
Next Game: Virginia

7. NC State (6-5, 3-4 ACC)
Last Week: 7
Week 12 Result: Lost to Clemson 62-48
After a solid 5-2 start, the Wolfpack have been one of the ACC’s biggest disappointments in the second half of the season. NC State has lost three out of its last four games, with two of those matchups decided by at least 14 points. The Wolfpack had no answer for Clemson’s offense in Saturday’s loss, giving up 62 points and allowing the Tigers to record 754 yards. Receiver Tobais Palmer set an ACC record with 496 all-purpose yards, and quarterback Mike Glennon threw for 493 yards and five touchdowns. Considering the late-season losses, Tom O’Brien’s status for next season has to be in doubt.
Next Game: Boston College

8. Duke (6-5, 3-4 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 12 Result: Lost to Georgia Tech 42-24
The Blue Devils’ command of the ACC Coastal race has slipped over the last few weeks. Duke’s 42-24 loss to Georgia Tech dropped it to 3-4 in the ACC and was the fourth defeat in five games. The Blue Devils were unable to take advantage of a suspect Yellow Jackets’ defense, only managing 275 yards. Duke’s defense struggled to stop Georgia Tech’s rushing offense, allowing 330 yards and three scores on the ground. The Blue Devils won’t represent the Coastal in the title game but are still headed to their first bowl game since 1994.
Next Game: Miami

9. Virginia (4-7, 2-5 ACC)
Last Week: 9
Week 12 Result: Lost to North Carolina 37-13
The Cavaliers’ late-season surge was stopped on Thursday night. Virginia held onto slim bowl hopes after beating NC State and Miami, but it fell 37-13 to North Carolina, which ended any shot at qualifying for the postseason. Both sides of the ball failed to deliver against the Tar Heels. The offense struggled to get consistent quarterback play, while the defense didn’t have an answer for North Carolina’s passing attack. Virginia closes out its 2012 season with a date at rival Virginia Tech.
Next Game: at Virginia Tech

10. Maryland (4-7, 2-5 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 12 Result: Lost to Florida State 41-14
As expected, the Terrapins couldn’t put up much of a fight against Florida State and lost 41-14. With injuries taking its toll on offense, Maryland has been reduced to a very limited attack on offense, especially with freshman Shawn Petty at quarterback. The Terrapins managed just 10 first downs and finished with 170 yards. Maryland has lost five consecutive games but has shown progress in Randy Edsall’s second season in College Park.
Next Game: at North Carolina

11. Wake Forest (5-6, 3-5 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 12 Result: Lost to Notre Dame 38-0
The bad news started early and often for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons quickly fell behind on a 68-yard touchdown run by Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood and trailed 31-0 at halftime. Wake Forest managed just 209 yards and could only muster 55 of that on the ground. Quarterback Tanner Price was an efficient 22 of 33 for 153 yards, but the Demon Deacons never hit on a pass longer than 16 yards. Wake Forest still has one more chance to get bowl eligible, as it hosts Vanderbilt next Saturday.
Next Game: Vanderbilt

12. Boston College (2-9, 1-6 ACC)
Last Week:
Week 12 Result: Lost to Virginia Tech 30-23
Even though the Eagles are in the midst of an awful season, credit the players for not giving up. Boston College dropped to 2-9 with a 30-23 overtime loss to Virginia Tech on Saturday. The Eagles led 23-20 late in the fourth quarter, but the Hokies scored a field goal with just over a minute to go to send in the game into overtime. Boston College’s offense has struggled to find a rushing attack this year, but Deuce Finish rushed for 138 yards on 26 attempts against Virginia Tech. The defense also did a good job on quarterback Logan Thomas, holding the junior to seven rushing yards on 13 attempts. Boston College closes out its 2012 season against NC State.
Next Game: at NC State

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Success in Maui has been a good sign for most teams in recent years. Two of the last four Maui Invitational champions have gone on to win the national title (2008-09 North Carolina, 2010-11 Connecticut). Players like Kemba Walker, Ty Lawson, Kyle Singler and Adam Morrison have thrived in this tournament in recent seasons as well.

The field isn’t as strong as its been in recent years with the Battle 4 Atlantis (which begins on Thanksgiving) taking the mantle for top early-season tournament this season. Still, there’s plenty to keep an eye on in Maui this week.

North Carolina may be the top team here, but teams like Marquette, USC, Texas and Illinois are all hungry to make statements. Here’s our preview of the action in Maui.

Will James Michael McAdoo be this year’s breakout player in Maui?
McAdoo has been the breakout star he was expected to be so far this season, averaging 21 points and 11.3 rebounds in the first three games. The competition level in Maui will be turned up a notch, especially if North Carolina advances past Mississippi State, which is rebuilding under first-year coach Rick Ray. McAdoo is taking an awful lot of shots, however, with 17 against both Long Beach State and FAU and 20 against Gardner-Webb. The focus may be on his supporting cast just as much as its on McAdoo becoming a potential All-American.

Intriguing potential matchup: North Carolina vs. Marquette in the semifinal
Marquette’s season has been a bit disjointed so far, first with the opener against Ohio State canceled and then with inconsistent showings (especially on defense) against Colgate and Southeastern Louisiana. Davante Gardner has been a rock on the inside, something that will need to continue in a potential matchup with Carolina. That said, Marquette’s lack of rhythm shouldn’t be a total surprise with Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom gone. North Carolina is still working out its personnel as well, so both teams will be worth watching as they figure out rotations and matchups.

Player to watch: Sheldon McClellan, Texas.
With Myck Kabongo out while the NCAA investigates impermissible benefits, McClellan has carried the Longhorns with 20 points in a close call with Fresno State and then 25 against Coppin State. Kabongo has been cleared to travel to Hawaii, but Texas might not expect him to play in Maui. That shouldn't be a problem in the first game against host Chaminade, but potential second round opponents USC and Illinois both rely on high-scoring backcourts. McClellan will need to continue his heroics, but the young Texas team will need to find answers elsewhere on the court. Texas needed late free throws from McClellan to beat Fresno State and needed to overcome 26 team turnovers to beat Coppin State.

Honolulu, Hawaii
Dates: Monday-Wednesday
First-round games (All times Eastern)
Butler vs. Marquette, 3:30 p.m., ESPN2
Miss. St. vs. North Carolina, 6 p.m., ESPN
Texas vs. Chaminade, 4:30 p.m., ESPNU
USC vs. Illinois, midnight, ESPN2
Final: Sunday, 6:30 p.m., ESPN2
Top potential matchup for the final:
North Carolina vs. USC
Bracket (.pdf)

Individual matchup to watch: Illinois’ shooters vs. USC
Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson like to shoot the ball, something that helped the Illini save themselves from embarrassment against Hawaii when Richardson hit a game-winning three-pointer in overtime. USC coach Kevin O’Neill generally has good defensive teams, so a first-round test against Illinois will be worth keeping an eye on.

Freshman to watch: Marcus Paige, North Carolina.
After a 1 of 10 performance from 3-point range in the first game, North Carolina’s perimeter game has been much improved in the last two. Paige has been up-and-down in his first three games, which isn’t a total shock for a freshman. His main job will be to run North Carolina’s fast-paced offense and set up James Michael McAdoo. Should North Carolina advance, Paige will run into a handful of veteran backcourts, a key test for the stud freshman.

Sleeper team to watch: USC
USC has perhaps the most potential for a major turnaround in the Pac-12, but that speaks quite a bit to how dreadful the Trojans were a year ago. USC has a handful of transfers including J.T. Howell from Wake Forest, Eric Wise for UC Irvine and Omar Oraby from Rice. But the most important addition is a healthy Jio Fontan, a great leader at point guard. How all these pieces fit together will be critical for USC’s season.

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It’s been a long road back, but Notre Dame has risen to the top of the Legends Poll for the first time ever.

And the top-ranked Irish are one win away from their first ever trip to the BCS championship game.

“You know, it’s hard to classify Notre Dame as a really, really good football team at this point,” former Virginia coach George Welsh said, “but they are undefeated. It’s not easy to win all of your games.”

Notre Dame received 13 of the 17 first-place votes in the Legends Poll and remains the only eligible unbeaten team in the FCS.

No. 2 Alabama received three of the remaining first-place votes and moved back into the driver’s seat for the BCS title game as well. The final top vote went to No. 3 Georgia.

If the Alabama and Georgia can both survive their in-state rivalry games, a BCS title game berth will be on the line in the SEC championship game.

No. 4 Oregon and No. 5 Kansas State each fell three spots, following shocking upsets.

No. 6 LSU remained the top two-loss team after the Tigers outlasted Ole Miss Saturday night, 41-35.

Florida State, Florida, Texas A&M and Clemson rounded out the top 10.

No. 21 Oklahoma State moved back into the top 25 after a victory over Texas Tech. No. 24 Washington and No. 25 Utah State also made their way into the Legends Poll rankings, the first appearance for each team this season.

USC, Louisiana Tech and Wisconsin dropped out of the rankings this week. 

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


1 Notre DameNotre Dame (13) 11-0 420 3
2 AlabamaAlabama (3) 10-1 411 4
3 GeorgiaGeorgia (1) 10-1 391 5
4 OregonOregon 10-1 368 1
5 Kansas StateKansas State 10-1 333 2
6 LSULSU 9-2 324 6
7 Florida StateFlorida State 10-1 319 7
8 FloridaFlorida 10-1 311 10
9 Texas A&MTexas A&M 9-2 309 9
10 ClemsonClemson 10-1 284 8
11 StanfordStanford 9-2 257 12
12 South CarolinaSouth Carolina 9-2 242 11
13 UCLAUCLA 9-2 207 15
14 OklahomaOklahoma 8-2 204 13
15 NebraskaNebraska 9-2 187 14
16 Oregon StateOregon State 8-2 175 16
17 LouisvilleLouisville 9-1 143 18
18 TexasTexas 8-2 130 19
19 RutgersRutgers 9-1 104 21
20 MichiganMichigan 8-3 102 24
21 Oklahoma StateOklahoma State 7-3 71 -
22 Boise StateBoise State 9-2 62 23
23 Mississippi StateMississippi State 8-3 52 25
24 WashingtonWashington 7-4 32 -
25 Utah StateUtah State 9-2 26 -

Others Receiving Votes: Louisiana Tech 19, Northwestern 14, USC 7, TCU 7, San Diego State 5, Wisconsin 2, Georgia Tech 2, Tulsa 2, Northern Illinois 1, San Jose State 1, Kent State 1

Teams Dropped Out from Last Week's Poll: USC, Louisiana Tech, Wisconsin

* 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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Post date: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05:05
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So much for a Oregon-USC rematch in the Pac-12 title game. UCLA not only knocked Matt Barkley out of the game, the Bruins knocked the Trojans out of the title race for good. UCLA has clinched its second straight bid to the conference championship game — and they may have to face the same team in six days. Should Stanford win in the Rose Bowl this weekend, these two teams will meet again in Palo Alto for the right to play in the Rose Bowl against the Big Ten champ. Which, coincidentally, could also be a rematch between Nebraska and UCLA. 

Should Stanford win next weekend against UCLA, Oregon will have gone from a potential spot in the BCS National Championship game to not even winning the North in a two-week span. 

Post-Week 12 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona - Carey led Zona to its seventh win of the year with a 204-yard performance on the road against Utah. He is leading the nation in rushing and has scored 20 total touchdowns. He has touched the ball 282 times on offense this fall.

2. Marqise Lee, WR, USC - Lee has been incredible all season. He caught nine passes for 158 yards a score in the loss to UCLA. He is now third in the nation in all-purpose yards at 219.6 yards per game. 

3. Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon - There is still a chance Oregon plays for the Pac-12 crown, and should that happen, the quarterback from Eugene will be right back atop the list. Brett Hundley of UCLA deserves honorable mention as well.


Post-Week 12 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford - His defense did it again. They held mighty Oregon to a season-low 14 points and 405 yards of offense. In Autzen Stadium. With the Pac-12 North title hanging in the balance.

2. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State - He intercepted his league-leading sixth pass of the year to go with six total tackles in the win over Cal. His fate as the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year will likely be determined against Oregon coming up this Saturday.

3. Anthony Barr, DL, UCLA - The talented pass-rusher posted three total tackles, one for a loss, his Pac-12-leading 12th sack and knocked down a couple of passes in the big win over USC.

Post-Week 12 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Mike Riley, Oregon State - This is a close battle with many qualified candidates, but Riley's team was in by far the worst shape last fall. This team could still win 11 games this year. 

2. Jim Mora, UCLA  - The fact the previous regime recruited extremely well and this team played in the title game last fall indicates there was much less work to be done in Westwood. That gives Riley the slight edge.

3. David Shaw, Stanford - Shaw has done a great job replacing his star quarterback and big-time offensive blockers this season. Should he win next weekend at UCLA, he jumps right into the mix with Mora and Riley.

Post-Week 12 Power Rankings

1. Oregon (10-1, 7-1)
Previous rank: 1
Week 12 result: Lost to Stanford 17-14 (OT)
The Ducks were held to season lows in total yards (405) and were held to fewer than 30 points for the first time since Week 1 of 2011. Oregon must now win at arch-rival Oregon State this weekend and hope that UCLA can defeat Stanford in Los Angeles to win the North Division. All of which is still very much possible. However, should Stanford top the Bruins, Chip Kelly will have gone from potentially playing in the national championship game to not even winning his division in the span of four quarters against the Cardinal. The Ducks were 4-of-17 on third downs and simply couldn't possess the football.
This week: at Oregon State (8-2)

2. Stanford (9-2, 7-1)
Previous rank:

Week 12 result:
 Beat Oregon 17-14 (OT)
David Shaw has built what is easily the best defense in a league loaded with offensive firepower. And after changing quarterbacks late in the season, he is two wins away from winning the Pac-12 title. Kevin Hogan made just his second start, completing 25-of-36 passes for 211 yards and scored two total touchdowns in the road win over Oregon. The defense did the rest holding the Ducks to the fewest points they have scored since 2010.

This week: at UCLA (9-2)


3. Oregon State (8-2, 6-2)
Previous rank: 3
Week 12 result: Beat Cal 62-14
The Beavers played their best game in a month, crushing Cal at home by 48 points. Not surprisingly, Sean Mannion also looked the best he has since injuring his knee by throwing for 325 yards and four touchdowns. The ground game chipped in with a 200-yard effort and the defense forced four turnovers. The Beavers still have much to play for as the Ducks come into town this weekend. A win and a Stanford loss would create a three-way tie atop the North Division. 
This week: Oregon (10-1)

4. UCLA (9-2, 6-2)
Previous rank: 4
Week 12 result: Beat USC 38-28
Seriously, what happened in Berkley on October 6? This Bruins team has rattled off six straight wins and has clinched the South Division title after a 43-17 loss to 3-9 Cal. Jim Mora once again watched his dynamic backfield duo of Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin churn out yards. Hundley completed 22-of-30 passes for 234 yards and accounted for three touchdowns without throwing an interception. He trails only Johnny Manziel nationally in total offense by a freshman. Franklin continues to add to his record-setting resume with 171 yards and two touchdowns in the win. 
This week: Stanford (9-2) 

5. Arizona (7-4, 4-4)
Previous rank: 6
Week 12 result: Beat Utah 34-24
Matt Scott returned to the lineup but Rich Rodriguez turned to star workhorse Ka'Deem Carey in the big road win over Utah. Scott was a bit rusty (12-of-27) so Carey picked up the slack, rushing for 204 yards on 26 carries. The win gives RichRod his fourth in five games and should Arizona topple its arch-rival next weekend in Tucson, he will have taken a team that won four games a year ago to a bowl game and nine potential wins. 
This week: Arizona State (6-5)

6. Washington (7-4, 5-3)
Previous rank: 7
Week 12 result: 
Beat Colorado 38-3 

The Huskies are assured their third consecutive winning season after a fourth straight victory and their most complete performance of the 2012 season against lowly Colorado. Quarterback Keith Price played his best game of the season, completing 22-of-29 passes for 248 yards and five touchdowns. The massively improved defense allowed 141 total yards of offense to the Buffaloes as Justin Wilcox and company continue to do great work on that side of the ball. A win in the Apple Cup gives Washington its first eight-win season since 2001. 
This week: at Washington State (2-9)

7. USC (7-4, 5-4)
Previous rank: 5
Week 12 result: Lost to UCLA 38-28
It was the same old story for the Trojans. Matt Barkley threw the ball to Marqise Lee a bunch (nine completions) and threw it to the opposing team at least twice for the fourth straight game. It cost the Trojans again as both interceptions led directly to UCLA touchdowns. It was Barkley's sixth game with at least two picks this season after doing that only nine times in his first 36 career games. The preseason No. 1 team in the nation has now lost four conference games this year and won't be playing for much of anything following the season finale with Notre Dame. And Barkley may not play against the Irish, whose own national title hopes will be on the line, after the Bruins knocked him out of the game late with a shoulder injury. It's not exactly how he planned to end his final season at USC.
This week: Notre Dame (11-0)

8. Arizona State (6-5, 4-4)
Previous rank: 8
Week 12 result: Beat Washington State 46-7
In a must-win situation, Todd Graham got his team to bowl eligibility in his first year by pummeling Washington State. His offense was balanced, throwing for 301 yards and five scores while the ground game totaled 260 yards on 61 attempts. Since ASU faces a brutal road trip to Arizona next weekend, the Sun Devils had to defeat Wazzu to get to a bowl game. And 6-6 is extremely acceptable for Coach Graham's first season in Tempe. 
This week: at Arizona (7-4)

9. Utah (4-7, 2-6)
Previous rank: 
Week 12 result: Lost to Arizona 34-24
Young quarterback Travis Wilson showed why fans should be excited about the future of the position in Salt Lake City — even in a loss. He set career highs in attempts (40), completions (28), yards (311) and tied a career high with two scoring passes. That said, the Utes won't go bowling this season for the first time in 10 seasons after the home loss. Kyle Whittingham couldn't overcome the numerous key injuries.

This week: at Colorado (1-10)

10. California (3-9, 2-7)
Previous rank: 10
Week 12 result: Lost to Oregon State 62-14
This certainly isn't what Cal fans expected in 2012. A three-win season has Jeff Tedford hanging by a thread in Berkeley, but to finish the year with a 48-point home loss to a team that itself won only three games last season is unacceptable. Cal posted its worst record since a 1-10 mark in Tom Holmoe's final season in 2001. The facilities have been upgraded based on all that Tedford has accomplished in his very successful tenure, but the divorce proceedings may have already begun on Tight Wad Hill.
This week: None

11. Colorado (1-10, 1-7)
Previous rank: 11
Week 12 result: Lost to Washington 38-3
This is getting absurd as Colorado failed to put a competitive product on the field once again. The Buffs totaled 10 first downs and 141 yards of total offense against the Huskies. Colorado is the lowest scoring offense in the nation and has the worst scoring defense in the nation. Pretty hard to win games when you score 30 fewer points (16.7 ppg) than you give up every single weekend (46.3 ppg). 
This week: Utah (4-7)

12. Washington State (2-9, 0-8)
Previous rank: 12
Week 12 result: Lost to Arizona State 46-7
Things are going to get ugly in Pullman. The unrest in the locker room will only get worse if the Cougars play like they did against the Sun Devils again this weekend against rival Washington. The Apple Cup is one final chance to redeem what has otherwise been a horrific season of football. The Cougs rushed for one yard on the game — which was actually better than four other outputs this fall. They have rushed for a total of 330 yards and three touchdowns on the year. 

This week: Washington (7-4)

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Post date: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05:00
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Kansas State remains atop the Big 12 power rankings, but the Wildcats are no longer in the driver's seat to play for a national title. Despite the loss to Baylor, Kansas State still maintains an edge for the Big 12 title. Oklahoma survived a shootout win over West Virginia to control the No. 2 spot in the power rankings and remains alive for an at-large spot in the BCS. Oklahoma State is one of the Big 12's hottest teams, crushing Texas Tech 59-21 to move to 7-3 this season. Iowa State picked up a key win on Saturday night, as the Cyclones got bowl eligible with a victory over Kansas. 

Post-Week 12 Big 12 Power Rankings

1. Kansas State (10-1, 7-1 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 12 Result: Lost to Baylor 52-24
Despite Saturday’s loss to Oklahoma, the Wildcats still deserve the No. 1 spot in the Big 12 power rankings. What went wrong for Kansas State on Saturday? Just about everything. Quarterback Collin Klein had an off night, and the defense didn’t have an answer for Baylor’s offense. The Wildcats are likely finished as a national title contender but can still win the Big 12 with a victory over Texas.
Next Game: Texas (Dec. 1)

2. Oklahoma (8-2, 6-1 Big 12)
Last Week: 2
Week 12 Result: Beat West Virginia 50-49
The Sooners won perhaps the craziest game of Week 12. A late touchdown pass from quarterback Landry Jones to receiver Kenny Stills was just enough for Oklahoma to claim a 50-49 victory over West Virginia. The Sooners surrendered 778 yards to the Mountaineers and allowed a season high of 320 passing yards to Geno Smith. However, Oklahoma’s offense answered the bell against a porous Mountaineers’ defense, which keeps the Sooners’ BCS bowl hopes alive for another week.
Next Game: Oklahoma State

3. Texas (8-2, 5-2 Big 12)
Last Week: 3
Week 12 Result: Bye Week
The Longhorns had the weekend off and are set to return to action against TCU on Thanksgiving night. Since losing back-to-back games in early October, Texas has rebounded with four consecutive wins. Quarterback David Ash has been sharp the last two weeks, throwing five touchdowns and no interceptions. The sophomore’s improvement is crucial, especially with upcoming matchups against TCU and Kansas State.
Next Game: TCU (Nov. 22)

4. Oklahoma State (7-3, 5-2 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 12 Result: Beat Texas Tech 59-21
The Cowboys continued to climb in the Big 12 power rankings with a convincing 59-21 win over Texas Tech. Despite three quarterbacks making a start this year, Oklahoma State still ranks No. 3 nationally in scoring offense and is averaging 553.7 yards per game. The Cowboys will play their next two games on the road, including Saturday’s date at Oklahoma. Oklahoma State has won five out of its last six games, and coach Mike Gundy deserves a ton of credit for getting this team in a position to win nine games this year, especially considering the personnel losses from last season.
Next Game: at Oklahoma

5. Texas Tech (7-4, 4-4 Big 12)
Last Week: 4
Week 12 Result: Lost to Oklahoma State 59-21
After a promising 6-1 start, the Red Raiders have been headed in the wrong direction over the last four weeks. Texas Tech was defeated 59-21 by Oklahoma State on Saturday, which dropped it to 4-4 in the Big 12 with one game remaining. In the loss to the Cowboys, the Red Raiders lost three turnovers and had a punt that was blocked and returned for a touchdown. Texas Tech closes out its 2012 regular season with a matchup against Baylor.
Next Game: at Baylor

6. TCU (6-4, 3-4 Big 12)
Last Week: 6
Week 12 Result: Bye Week
The Horned Frogs had an off date on Saturday and return to action on Thanksgiving night against Texas. TCU is just 1-3 in its last four games but has played a difficult stretch of opponents, including Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Kansas State. The Horned Frogs have played only one matchup against Texas since 1996, losing 34-13 in 2007. After Thursday night’s game against the Longhorns, TCU has to quickly regroup with a home game against Oklahoma coming up on Dec. 1.
Next Game: at Texas (Nov. 22)

7. West Virginia (5-5, 2-5 Big 12)
Last Week: 7
Week 12 Result: Lost to Oklahoma 50-49
The Mountaineers’ late-season slide continued with a 50-49 loss to Oklahoma. Receiver Tavon Austin had a heck of a performance in a losing effort, rushing for 344 yards and two touchdowns and catching four passes for 82 yards. Austin’s 572 all-purpose yards were the most in Big 12 history. Although West Virginia has tailed off since winning a 48-45 shootout at Texas, it has a chance to finish with some momentum with matchups against Iowa State and Kansas the next two weeks.
Next Game: at Iowa State

8. Iowa State (6-5, 3-5 Big 12)
Last Week: 8
Week 12 Result: Beat Kansas 51-23
The Cyclones got bowl eligible with a 51-23 win over Kansas on Saturday night. The big surprise in the victory was the play of quarterback Sam Richardson. The redshirt freshman completed 23 of 27 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns and added 43 yards and one score on the ground. The Cyclones defense allowed 252 rushing yards but forced four turnovers and held the Jayhawks to just 5 of 15 on third-down attempts. If Iowa State can beat West Virginia, it will have its second seven-win season under coach Paul Rhoads.
Next Game: West Virginia

9. Baylor (5-5, 2-5 Big 12)
Last Week:
Week 12 Result: Beat Kansas State 52-24
The Bears scored one of college football’s top upsets of 2012 on Saturday night, knocking off Kansas State 52-24. Quarterback Nick Florence tossed two picks but finished with 238 passing yards and two touchdowns. Running back Lache Seastrunk has ignited the rushing attack in recent weeks and recorded 185 yards and one touchdown on 19 attempts. Not only did Baylor’s win shake up the national title picture but kept its bowl hopes alive. The Bears need a win over Texas Tech or Oklahoma State to get to six victories.
Next Game: Texas Tech

10. Kansas (1-10, 0-8 Big 12)
Last Week: 10
Week 12 Result: Lost to Iowa State 51-23
The Jayhawks held an early 14-10 lead over Iowa State but quickly fell behind 38-17 by halftime. With an offense that has a limited passing attack, Kansas was unable to mount a serious comeback on Saturday night. One overlooked aspect of the loss was running back James Sims had his six-game 100-yard rushing streak ended with just 81 yards on 20 attempts. The Jayhawks have not won a conference game since Nov. 6, 2010 and their hopes of scoring a victory are slim, especially with a trip to West Virginia on the schedule.
Next Game: at West Virginia (Dec. 1)

by Steven Lassan


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The Ohio State Buckeyes will finish the regular season with the best overall record in the Big Ten after an exciting overtime win in Madison. But what really mattered most was a 24-point home romp by the Nebraska Cornhuskers over Minnesota. The win moves Nebraska into a commanding position in the Legends Division, needing only a win over Iowa on the road or a Michigan loss to Ohio State in the Horseshoe to ensure a trip to Indianapolis and the Big Ten title game where they would face Wisconsin. There could be a lot of red in Indy in two weekends.

Post-Week 12 Offensive Player of the Year Standings

1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State - Miller wasn't his usual electric self, but he made big plays and got his team into the end zone in overtime. A great game plan by UW limited his numbers, but Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year is all but his now.

2. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska - He is making a serious Heisman push late in the season. He threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns to go with 22 yards rushing in the key win over the Gophers. He is leading the Big Ten in passing efficiency and total offense.

3. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin - The record isn't his yet, but he is awfully close. Ball rushed for 191 yards on 39 carries and scored his NCAA record-tying 78th career TD.

Post-Week 12 Defensive Player of the Year Standings

1. John Simon, DL, Ohio State - The senior defensive end was at his best in a huge road win over Wisconsin. He posted six total tackles, four tackles for a loss and four sacks. He was all over the field and now leads the Big Ten in sacks and TFLs.

2. Mike Mauti, LB, Penn State - He was carted off of the field in the first quarter of the easy win over Indiana. One has to wonder if missing essentially the final two games while Ohio State goes undefeated could cost Mauti the D.P.O.Y. award. He will, and should, get plenty of feel-good votes.

3. Mike Taylor, LB, Wisconsin - Taylor leads the league's No. 1 rushing defense and No. 2 overall defense in tackles and tackles for loss. He is fourth in the Big Ten in tackles and helped contain Braxton Miller to his lowest offensive output of the year (145 total yards).

Post-Week 12 Coach of the Year Standings

1. Urban Meyer, Ohio State - Ohio State has clinched the best overall record in the league but has eyes on an undefeated season. This team would likely be No. 2 in the BCS standings after seven losses a year ago.

2. Bill O'Brien, Penn State - After an easy win over Indiana, Penn State fans are staring directly at an eight-win season. Considering what this community has been through, it's a remarkable performance from the new coaching staff. 

3. Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern/Bo Pelini, Nebraska - Finally, his Wildcats broke through with a big win over Michigan State, giving him a shot at nine wins this season. Bo Pelini doesn't feel like a Coach of the Year candidate, but winning the championship game has to count for something, right?

Post-Week 12 Power Rankings

1. Ohio State (11-0, 7-0)
Previous rank: 1
Week 12 result: Beat Wisconsin 21-14 (OT)

Two of the better programs in the Big Ten played a thriller in Madison. Eventually, Ohio State got a key fourth-down stop in overtime and moved to within one win of a perfect season. Michigan will come to town next weekend and the Buckeyes are not only shooting for an unbeaten season but a win would officially eliminate the Maize and Blue from Big Ten title contention. Braxton Miller didn't post huge numbers, but he has won every game he has started this season and is just as electric as any player in the nation. How much the postseason ban hurts his Heisman chances remains to be seen.
This week: Michigan (8-3)

2. Nebraska (9-2, 6-1)
Previous rank: 2
Week 12 result: Beat Minnesota 38-14 
Taylor Martinez played another excellent day as the Big Red rolled over Minnesota on Senior Day in Lincoln. Unfortunately, fan favorite and senior Rex Burkhead missed his fourth game in a row and the sixth of the season. But having him healthy for a potential Big Ten championship game would justify not seeing No. 22 in red out there in the 24-point win. T-Mart totaled 330 yards of offense and two touchdowns without an interception. A win over Iowa next weekend sends embattled and temperamental coach Bo Pelini to Indianapolis with a very good shot at the Rose Bowl.
This week: at Iowa (4-7)

3. Michigan (8-3, 6-1)
Previous rank: 3
Week 12 result: Beat Iowa 42-17
Devin Gardner is making a serious case as a force to be reckoned with next fall as Michigan's quarterback. He completed 18-of-23 passes for 314 yards, rushed for 39 yards on eight carries and accounted for all six Michigan touchdowns. Denard Robinson played, but was lined up as running back, rushing 13 times for 98 yards and catching two passes. Look for an interesting game plan from Brady Hoke with his athletic quarterback duo as he faces Urban Meyer for the first time as a part of the storied Michigan-Ohio State rivalry. Should Nebraska lose, the Wolverines could still win their way to Pasadena.
This week: at Ohio State (11-0)

4. Penn State (7-4, 5-2)
Previous rank: 5
Week 12 result: Beat Indiana 45-22
Matt McGloin threw for a career-high 395 yards and four first-half touchdown passes. It was his third 300-yard effort in four games, his fourth of the season and sixth of his career. The running game and defense did the rest of the damage, out-rushing Indiana 151 to 24. The defense lost emotional leader Mike Mauti early in the game and it appears that his Penn State career is over. An eighth win next weekend would be an a tremendous way to cap what has been an extremely emotional season in Happy Valley.

This week: Wisconsin (7-4)

5. Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3)
Previous rank: 4
Week 12 result: Lost to Ohio State 21-14 (OT)
It would have been an unbelievable feel-good story for Curt Phillips and his three ACL tears had his final drive in regulation (5-for-5, TD) not just tied the score, but won the game for the Badgers. However, the fairy-tale ending wasn't meant to be for the star-struck quarterback from Kingsport, Tenn. After Ohio State scored on its first overtime possession, Phillips failed to answer as the Badgers were unable to pick up a first down and his pass on fourth-down was knocked down, handing UW its fourth loss of the season. All four losses have come within one touchdown and this was the first loss by more than three points all season. This weekend's trip to Happy Valley could give Wisconsin a shot at 10 wins — or a shot at seven losses. 
This week: at Penn State (7-4)

6. Northwestern (8-3, 4-3)
Previous rank: 6
Week 12 result: Beat Michigan State 23-20
This was a big win for Pat Fitzgerald. With a win over Illinois next week and a bowl win, Coach Fitz could lead Northwestern to its first 10-win season since he played on the Wildcats' magical 1995 Rose Bowl team. This was a hard-fought road win over a well-coached team with more raw talent. Give Coach Fitz a lot of credit for what he has accomplished this season. Unfortunately, star tailback Venric Mark left the game very early on with an "upper extremity" injury and his status for next week's game is up in the air. 
This week: Illinois (2-9)

7. Michigan State (5-6, 2-5)
Previous rank: 7
Week 12 result: Lost to Northwestern 23-20
The Spartans have failed to finish drives all season and the result was yet another crippling loss. Mark Dantonio's bunch lost for the fourth time in five games and lost by three points or less for the fourth time in Big Ten play. So after back-to-back 11-win seasons, the Spartans have to go on the road and defeat Minnesota next weekend in order to reach the postseason this winter. Kirk Cousins really was that good.
This week: at Minnesota (6-5)

8. Minnesota (6-5, 2-5)
Previous rank: 8
Week 12 result: Lost to Nebraska 38-14 
The Golden Gophers are still a good ways from competing for a division title. Minnesota trailed 38-0 before two late fourth quarter touchdowns got Jerry Kill's bunch on the board. They finished with 177 total yards of offense. Minny beats the bad teams it faces and has lost to the good ones. A win over Michigan State at home not only guarantees a winning record but redefines the perception of this team. It would be the best win of the year for a team whose current best win is against Syracuse.
This week: Michigan State (5-6)

9. Indiana (4-7, 2-5)
Previous rank: 9
Week 12 result: Lost to Penn State 45-22
After an unheard of two-game Big Ten winning streak, Wisconsin and then Penn State established some normalcy in the Leaders Division with physical, easy wins over the Hoosiers. Indiana couldn't stop Matt McGloin and couldn't run the football, and is now assured its fifth losing season in a row and its 16th in 17 seasons. Still, this team is much more competitive than last year's squad and a win over Purdue gives Kevin Wilson a solid five-win showing in a make or break season.
This week: at Purdue (5-6)

10. Purdue (5-6, 2-5)
Previous rank: 10
Week 12 result: Beat Illinois 20-17

Robert Marve was just good enough and the running game was effective in yet another big win for Danny Hope. After starting the year 0-5 in Big Ten play, Purdue rushed to its second straight win and is still eyeing a bowl game. The team gained 207 yards on 37 carries for a robust 5.6 yards per carry clip. The Boilermakers will face Indiana at home in a very winnable finale with a shot at the postseason within their reach. Hope has to thankful that his final three games of the year have come against the three worst teams in the Big Ten.
This week: Indiana (4-7)

11. Iowa (4-7, 2-5)
Previous rank: 11
Week 12 result: Lost to Michigan 42-17
The 2-0 start to Big Ten play has to feel like years ago for those in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes lost their fifth consecutive game in embarrassing fashion. It allowed three passing and three rushing touchdowns to wide receiver turned backup quarterback Devin Gardner. This unimaginative and uncompetitive group has no chance to battle with Nebraska next weekend and that leaves Black and Gold fans staring at a 4-8 season. That's more than $1 million per win for Kirk Ferentz.  
This week: Nebraska (9-2)

12. Illinois (2-9, 0-7)
Previous rank: 12
Week 12 result: Lost to Purdue 20-17
That was the Illini's last chance at a Big Ten win. If this team can't beat Purdue and wasn't really competitive against Indiana or Minnesota, what makes anyone think it will defeat a quality Northwestern team on the road? In just one season, obviously Tim Beckman can't really do anything on the field to lose his job. However, he will enter his second season after losing 10 games in his debut and will be under a powerful microscope from now on.
This week: at Northwestern (7-3)

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Post date: Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05:00
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Georgia Southern defensive back Valdon Cooper had a rough Saturday. Not only was he supposed to matchup against Georgia's receivers, Cooper suffered a nasty finger injury - and the picture isn't pretty.

Needless to say, fingers aren't supposed to bend like this:

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Saturday's 41-35 win over Ole Miss was a huge victory for LSU. The Tigers kept their slim SEC title hopes alive but most importantly, remain in the mix for a spot in a BCS bowl.

The LSU-Ole Miss game was a crazy back and forth affair, so it was no surprise Les Miles was quite animated after the game. 

In other's vintage Les Miles.

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Lost in the struggles of Maryland's offense and quarterback injuries this year has been the play of receiver Stefon Diggs. The true freshman has been a dynamic playmaker and could be a first-team All-ACC selection by the end of 2013.

Diggs continued his solid freshman campaign with a ridiculous one-handed catch against Florida State. The true freshman knew a big hit was coming from the Florida State defender, yet hung on for the reception.

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Utah came up short in its Saturday night matchup against Arizona, losing 34-24 to drop to 4-7 on the season. However, the Utes left it all on the field, as they used a creative trick play to score an early touchdown.

The Utes lined up for an easy field goal early in the second quarter. But the holder pitched it between his legs to kicker Coleman Petersen, who ran it in for the touchdown.

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West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen can be one of the most animated coaches in college football. Of course, this is also the coach who drinks Red Bull like it's water during the week too.

And Holgorsen didn't disappoint during Saturday's game against Oklahoma, as the cameras and audio caught him dropping a f-bomb right before the end of the first half. 

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 22:00
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Bad officiating has been a problem in the ACC this year, and it appears the refs might have missed another call in Week 12. 

Virginia Tech defensive back Kyle Fuller deflected a poorly thrown pass by Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig and appeared to bounce it off his hands just before it hit the ground. Linebacker Alonzo Tweedy caught the deflection for the interception. 

However, the refs did not give the interception to Virginia Tech, which took away a prime opportunity around midfield for its offense.

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Kent State running back Dri Archer has been one of the nation's top all-purpose players this season and is a key piece in the Golden Flashes' run to the MAC East title.

Archer has showcased his speed and ridiculous moves all season but might have had his best performance on Saturday against Bowling Green. 

With the game tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, Archer took a handoff and darted to the left side and appeared to be tackled around midfield. However, Archer bounced out of the pile and cut it back to the opposite side of the field. After the midfield escape, Archer dodged a few defenders and scored to give Kent State a 24-17 lead.

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 21:47
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The BCS endured its biggest shakeup at this stage of the season in five years, but the championship scenario ended up back where it always does: The SEC championship game.

The Nos. 1 and 2 teams in the BCS standings lost Saturday night, leading a restructuring of the race for the national championship. Only a week ago, Notre Dame appeared to be stuck on the outside of the title game unless either of the top teams lost. The Irish caught that break and more, finishing the week as the only BCS-eligible undefeated team (ineligible Ohio State is the only other unbeaten in the country).

Provided Notre Dame can defeat USC in the final game of the season -- a possibility that depends greatly on the play of the Trojans' backup quarterback -- the Irish will face the SEC champion in the BCS title game.

But as we’ve learned repeatedly, nothing is certain.

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


BCS Standings
Nov. 18

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

The SEC champion. Notre Dame moved from No. 3 to No. 1, but it’s tough to see any bigger winner this week than the eventual champion of the SEC. Just a week ago, Notre Dame needed either Kansas State or Oregon to lose. The SEC champion needed both to lose to turn the conference championship game into a national title semifinal. Notre Dame caught one lucky break, the SEC caught two. Suddenly, Alabama is back in the mix to repeat (provided the Crimson Tide can defeat Auburn to clinch the SEC West). The most improbable development, however, is the appearance of No. 3 Georgia in a national title scenario. The Bulldogs lost 35-7 to South Carolina on Oct. 6 but claimed the SEC east by defeating Florida in a turnover-filled 17-9 victory. After Florida, Georgia’s best win is over 7-4 Vanderbilt.

No. 6 Kansas State. The Wildcats tumbled from No. 1 to No. 6 in the BCS and even further in the coaches’ poll to No. 8 and Harris poll to No. 7. Although Oregon dropped in the rankings as well, the No. 5 Ducks still have the most potential to move up in the standings thanks to a regular season finale against Oregon State and a potential Pac-12 title game should Stanford lose this week to UCLA. Kansas State is all but eliminated from the national title with the worst loss of any title contender (Baylor) and no conference championship game to make up the difference. All that remains for K-State is No. 16 Texas, which will be essential if the Wildcats are to hang onto the Big 12’s BCS bid.

No. 4 Florida at No. 10 Florida State. The Florida-Florida State game is back to having national championship implications ... in a roundabout way. Although Florida hasn’t looked sharp, the Gators remain a one-loss team ranked second in the computer average. A number of scenarios involving losses by Notre Dame, Georgia or Alabama could vault Florida to the BCS title game, provided the Gators defeat Florida State. Meanwhile, the Seminoles remain tied to their lackluster average in the computer rankings. The ACC hasn’t given Florida State the means to overcome its loss to NC State, so Florida will be the ‘Noles best opportunity to make up ground in the title race.

No. 1 Notre Dame at USC Notre Dame’s final opponent is also the one most capable of upsetting the Irish’s first trip to the BCS title game. However, that prospect is significantly diminished with the absence of quarterback Matt Barkley. After Barkley sustained a shoulder injury against UCLA, backup Max Wittek will start against Notre Dame. With the Irish’s ability to take away the run, USC’s hopes rest on Wittek being able to get the ball to Marqise Lee and Robert Woods.

No. 8 Stanford at No. 17 UCLA. This game will impact the title race in a marginal way. Oregon needs UCLA to defeat Stanford for the Ducks to reach the Pac-12 title game. Even if that happens, Oregon needs other dominoes to fall (USC over Notre Dame, chiefly) to reach the BCS title game. A Stanford win means the Cardinal will face UCLA in back-to-back games, the latter matchup for a Pac-12 title and the Rose Bowl.

The ACC has done nothing for Florida State.The Seminoles have only themselves to blame for a 17-16 loss to NC State (6-5, 3-4 ACC) on Oct. 6. If not for that upset, Florida State likely would be in the top two of the BCS rankings. But the Seminoles’ schedule hasn’t provided the means for Florida State to move up the rankings. Florida State has been stuck at No. 10 in the rankings for three consecutive weeks. In fact, Florida State dropped one spot from No. 9 on Oct. 28. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher can complain about the computer rankings, which have had his team ranked outside of the top 15. But the coaches’ and Harris polls have only moved his team up incrementally from No. 7 to No. 5/6 in the last four weeks. Now that Florida State escapes ACC play this week, the Seminoles have a chance to deliver their first statement win since late September against Clemson.

No BCS buster this season. For the second consecutive season, no team from a non-automatic qualifying conference will reach the BCS. Louisiana Tech had an outside shot prior to last week, provided the Bulldogs could finish in the top 16 and finish ranked ahead of the ACC, Big East or Big Ten champion. With Louisiana Tech losing to Utah State last week, the Bulldogs’ BCS hopes -- not to mention WAC title hopes -- are finished. No. 22 Boise State is the highest ranked team from outside the AQ conferences.

The SEC at-large picture narrows. Although an SEC team may have gained a spot in the national title game due to Kansas State and Oregon upsets -- the SEC owns Nos. 2-4 -- the pool for potential SEC teams for at-large bids narrowed. South Carolina dropped out of the top 10 from No. 9 to No. 12 thanks to Stanford moving to No. 8 and Florida State and Clemson staying put. And Texas A&M dropped from eighth to ninth. Both rankings are good enough for a BCS at-large, but the most likely landing spot for an SEC at-large team at this point is the Sugar Bowl. The home draw for LSU might be tough for the Sugar Bowl to resist.

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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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 19:47
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College football's bowl season is inching closer, and it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With 12 weeks of results in the books, it's beginning to get easier to make projections about which teams will be eligible for the postseason.

The post-Week 12 bowl projections are a mixture between how things would look if the season ended today, future schedules, and a dose of the results so far this year. Expect more changes over the next two weeks. 

2012-2013 Post-Week 12 College Football Bowl Projections

Bowl Date Tie-In Projected Matchup
New Mexico Dec. 15 MWC vs. Pac-12 Arizona vs. Nevada
Famous Idaho Potato Dec. 15 MAC vs. WAC Utah State vs. N. Illinois
Poinsettia Dec. 20 BYU vs. MWC BYU vs. San Diego State
Beef 'O'Brady's Dec. 21 Big East vs. C-USA UCF** vs. UL Lafayette*
New Orleans Dec. 22 Sun Belt vs. C-USA UL Monroe vs. East Carolina
Las Vegas Dec. 22 MWC vs. Pac-12 USC vs. Boise State
Hawaii Dec. 24 C-USA vs. MWC Fresno State vs. SJSU*
Little Caesars Dec. 26 Big Ten vs. MAC W. Kentucky* vs. Toledo
Military Dec. 27 ACC vs. Army Ball State* vs. Arizona State*
Belk Dec. 27 ACC vs. Big East Duke vs. Cincinnati
Holiday Dec. 27 Big 12 vs. Pac-12 West Virginia vs. UCLA
Independence Dec. 28 ACC vs. SEC Ohio* vs. La. Tech*
Russell Athletic Dec. 28 ACC vs. Big East Virginia Tech vs. Rutgers
Meineke Car Care Dec. 28 Big Ten vs. Big 12 Iowa State vs. Minnesota
Armed Forces Dec. 29 C-USA vs. MWC Rice vs. Air Force
Kraft Fight Hunger Dec. 29 Pac-12 vs. Navy Navy vs. Washington
Pinstripe Dec. 29 Big East vs. Big 12 Syracuse vs. TCU
Alamo Dec. 29 Big 12 vs. Pac-12 Stanford vs. Okla. State
Buffalo Wild Wings Dec. 29 Big Ten vs. Big 12 Mich. State vs. Texas Tech
Music City Dec. 31 SEC vs. ACC Vanderbilt vs. Arkansas State*
Sun Dec. 31 ACC vs. Pac-12 Oregon State vs. NC State
Liberty Dec. 31 SEC vs. C-USA Tulsa vs. Ole Miss
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31 ACC vs. SEC South Carolina vs. Ga. Tech
Heart of Dallas Jan. 1 Big Ten vs. Big 12 Baylor vs. Purdue Gator Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Northwestern vs. Miss. State
Capital One Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Michigan vs. Georgia
Outback Jan. 1 SEC vs. Big Ten Florida vs. Wisconsin
Cotton Jan. 4 Big 12 vs. SEC Texas vs. Texas A&M
BBVA Compass Jan. 5 SEC vs. Big East Troy* vs. Bowling Green* Jan. 6 MAC vs. Sun Belt MTSU vs. Kent State
BCS Bowls      
Rose Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Nebraska vs. Oregon
Orange Jan. 1 BCS vs. BCS Florida State vs. Louisville
Sugar Jan. 2 BCS vs. BCS LSU vs. Oklahoma
Fiesta Jan. 3 BCS vs. BCS Kansas State vs. Clemson
National Title Jan. 7 BCS vs. BCS Notre Dame vs. Alabama

* Indicates an at-large team due to a conference unable to fill bowl slots according to Athlon's projections.

** UCF is appealing a postseason ban and for now, is eligible to compete in the 2012 postseason.

Bold indicates a team has accepted bowl bid.

by Steven Lassan


(published Nov. 18, 2012)

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 18:02
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It seems to me that in the 1980s the NFL televised a game where the only audio came from the sidelines and PA system. There were no play-by-play commentators. Did this game ever take place or was I dreaming? 
— Wilbert Dill, Warwick, Md.
Wilbert, you weren’t dreaming. But for the guys over at, who track the follies and flubs of the talking heads of sports, this had to be a dream game. No blathering from Dan Dierdorf about his playing days; no nonsensical pontificating from Matt Millen. NBC’s Don Ohlmeyer tried the bold experiment for a matchup between the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins on Dec. 20, 1980. Bryant Gumbel set up the stunt with a brief intro, and then, the sounds of the stadium took over, punctuated only by on-screen graphics. The Jets won 24–17 in front of a larger audience than normal for a meaningless matchup, but while there was some positive reaction from fans, it proved to be a one-time experiment. 
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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 14:51
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The best and worst of college football was on display Saturday from thrilling upsets (Stanford over Oregon, Baylor over Kansas State), newfound hope in the national title race (Notre Dame, Alabama and Georgia) and unexpected results (Baylor has a defense?).

A thrilling day of college football shook up the national title race, perhaps paved the way for a freshman to win the Heisman and left uncertainty in Eugene and Manhattan. Only a week ago, Kansas State and Oregon were favorites to win the national title, and now neither may win their own conference. Meanwhile, Notre Dame moved from the outside looking in to the clear No. 1 team in the BCS standings. And the SEC, left out a week ago, suddenly has a de facto national championship semifinal in Atlanta once again.

But reports of another conference shift, this time with Maryland and Rutgers in negotiations with the Big Ten, signaled that the off-field machinations never seem to stop.

We’ll save conference realignment for another time, here’s a look at what happened on the field this week.



Shayne Skov

Stanford’s run defense was undervalued. Stanford entered the game leading the nation in run defense, but that didn’t seem to be a major talking point before the game at Autzen Stadium. Granted, Oregon didn’t have much trouble running on Stanford in the past two seasons. But Stanford responded by holding Oregon to 195 rushing yards and 4.9 yards per carry, both the second lowest totals for the Ducks since their 2011 opener against LSU. Led by linebacker Shayne Skov, Stanford made Kenjon Barner (66 yards, 3.1 yards per carry) and Marcus Mariota (21 of 37, INT) look mortal. Oregon’s 14 points were the fewest for the Ducks since a 19-8 loss to Boise State in Chip Kelly’s first game as head coach in 2009.

Taylor/Hogan was the top backfield. The best duo of veteran running back and redshirt freshman quarterback turned out not to be Barner/Mariota, but Stepfan Taylor and Kevin Hogan. Taylor continued to do yeoman’s work by grinding out yards (161 on 33 carries), but the move to Hogan at quarterback sparked Stanford’s season. Hogan had two turnovers, but his poise in his first road start and mobility (37 rushing yards) turned out to be a major asset. With its only losses by 4 to Washington and in overtime to Notre Dame, Stanford has to wonder how the season would have gone if its quarterback played like this all season.

Oregon’s defensive playmakers kept it close. Injuries have cut into the Ducks’ secondary, and their defensive line is young. But defensive plays kept Oregon in the game while the offense sputtered. If not for three Stanford turnovers, including two in Oregon territory, the Ducks may not have even had the game in reach to force overtime. Cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu forced two fumbles recovered by Oregon, but in the end, Stanford recovering its own bouncing fumble in overtime helped seal the win.


Bill Snyder

Collin Klein’s not the same, is his shot at the Heisman gone? In one game, Klein doubled his interception total on the season with three against Baylor. The national championship is gone for Kansas State, the Big 12 could be gone, and so could a Heisman for Klein. Since leaving the Oklahoma State game with a possible concussion, Klein is 38 of 71 for 431 yards with two touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also rushed for three touchdowns in that span.

Baylor has a defense. In the most shocking development Saturday, Baylor found a defense to match its prolific offense. Entering the game, the Bears ranked 120th of 124 in total defense, 118th in pass defense and 96th in rush defense, yet Baylor’s defense was the best unit on the field in Waco. Kansas State rushed for merely 76 yards. Every other Baylor opponent in the Big 12 had rushed for at least 151.

Lache Seastrunk was a factor in the title race. The five-star recruit who couldn’t crack the running back rotation at Oregon and was a key figure of the Willie Lyles controversy ended up impacting the national title race, just not in the way anyone imagined. The Baylor running back rushed for 185 yards against Kansas State, including an 80-yard touchdown that put Kansas State away for good.

UCLA’s future.
UCLA has been in the Pac-12 title game before, and the Bruins have upset USC in recent years. That much is true, but the Bruins’ 38-28 win over USC to clinch the Pac-12 South is a signature win for Jim L. Mora and the program. UCLA’s last win over USC, a 13-9 victory in 2006, was a fluke. UCLA’s second win over its rival since 1999 signals a shift in momentum for both Los Angeles schools. As rare as a rainy day at the Rose Bowl -- which occurred Saturday, by the way -- UCLA is L.A.’s top team. The Bruins took a 24-0 lead on USC, and only a fumble of a slippery ball into the end zone for a USC touchdown kept the the Trojans in striking distance late. And redshirt freshman Brett Hundley didn’t wait until Matt Barkley left town to become the city’s top quarterback. Against USC on Saturday, he was 22 of 30 for 234 yards with three total touchdowns (two rushing, three passing).

Oklahoma State. The Cowboys had a handful of reasons this year could have gone the wrong way -- a rebuilding year without Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, a struggling defense early in the season, injuries to two starting quarterbacks. But Oklahoma State showed staying power this season with a 59-21 win over Texas Tech for a 7-3 record and 5-2 in the Big 12. Clint Chelf, the third starting quarterback of the season, got the call against Texas Tech despite a healthy J.W. Walsh. Chelf was 11 of 21 for 229 yards with three touchdowns, and Walsh entered the game on a handful of plays to account for a passing score and rushing TD. Keep in mind neither of these two quarterbacks began the season as the starter. Quarterback depth is in strong supply in Stillwater.

Oklahoma. Fourth-quarter wins have been rare for Oklahoma recently. Before Saturday, the Sooners hadn’t had a fourth-quarter comeback since 2007. On Saturday, Oklahoma waited until the final minutes to defeat West Virginia and keep the Sooners’ BCS hopes alive. That’s no thanks to the Oklahoma defense, which allowed 458 rushing yards and 320 passing to West Virginia. Landry Jones passed for 554 yards and six touchdowns including a six-yard TD to Kenny Stills with 24 seconds remaining for a 50-49 win.

Lane Kiffin, USC.
How disastrous was USC’s loss to UCLA? Reports asked both Kiffin and his athletic director, Pat Haden, if the could would return next season (the answer from both was yes). The Trojans fell behind by 24 points in the first quarter, turned the ball over three times and had a field goal and a punt blocked. It’s been a fall of historic proportions for the preseason No. 1 (by Athlon and Associated Press). Since the first AP poll in 1936, only four other teams have started No. 1 and lost four games. Before USC dropped to 7-4, the last team to do so was Auburn in 1984. With a game against undefeated USC and a bowl game looming, USC could be the second preseason No. 1 team to lose five games or the first to lose six.

Louisiana Tech. Even with a 59-57 loss to Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech could still cling to a slim hope of a BCS bid if it finished in the top 16 and and ahead of an BCS automatic-qualifying conference champion in the rankings. Now, Louisiana Tech doesn’t seem likely to win the WAC. The Bulldogs battled back from a 41-17 deficit late in the fourth quarter to take Utah State to overtime, but the Bulldogs couldn’t finish the job with a 48-41 loss. Utah State, which entered the season with little fanfare, is a win over lowly Idaho away from an undefeated conference season.

Ole Miss’ fourth quarters.. The Rebels are among the most improved teams in the country under first-year coach Hugh Freeze, but the last two weeks have been excruciating anyway. Ole Miss let a 17-point fourth quarter lead evaporate to a 27-26 loss to Vanderbilt last week. In Baton Rouge, Ole Miss led for the entire third quarter and then with 11:11 remaining before Odell Beckham returned a punt 89 yards for a touchdown to tie. In a classic case of whether or not to allow the other team to score, Ole Miss elected to play defense in the final seconds in the red zone against LSU in a tie game. The Rebels stopped Jeremy Hill at the 2-yard line, which allowed LSU to run down the clock and then score the game-winning touchdown with 15 seconds left. At least the LSU win brought another classic moment from Les Miles:

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M.
By virtue of Collin Klein throwing throwing three interceptions in Kansas State’s loss to Baylor, Manziel may be in position to be the first freshman to win the Heisman. Even though Texas A&M faced Sam Houston State, Manziel managed to add to his resume. With 267 passing yards and 100 rushing yards, he became the fifth quarterback and first freshman to top 3,000 passing and 1,000 rushing in a season. And with 1,029 rushing yards this season, Manziel also set a record for most rushing yards by a freshman quarterback. .

Marqise Lee, USC. Few are better playmakers than Lee, but the odds of a receiver on a four-loss team finishing high on the list seem slim. Lee caught nine passes for 158 yards with a touchdown in the loss to UCLA, but he also lost a fumble when lined up a tailback.

Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois. The Huskies quarterback isn’t going to be a Heisman finalist, but he may show up in the No. 6-10 range in the balloting. On Wednesday night, Lynch didn’t disappoint with 407 passing yards and 162 rushing yards to clinch the MAC West and a 10-win season in a 31-24 win over Toledo.

Kent State/Northern Illinois (MAC)
Tulsa (Conference USA)
UCLA (Pac-12)
Gary Andersen, Utah State
Dave Doeren, Northern Illinois
Darrell Hazell, Kent State
South Carolina 24, Wofford 7
Vanderbilt 41, Tennessee 18
Virginia Tech 30, Boston College 23 (OT)

Touchdowns for Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. In a 62-48 win over NC State, Boyd passed for five touchdowns and ran for three to account for an ACC-record eight. The Wolfpack took a seven-point lead in the second quarter when Boyd accounted for Clemson’s next six unanswered TDs.

351. Rushing yards for Temple running back Montel Harris. The Boston College transfer was in position to set the ACC’s career rushing record, but he’ll have to settle for the Big East single-game record with 351 and seven touchdowns against Army. Harris was held out of practice for most of the week after leaving last week’s loss to Cincinnati with a knee injury.

21, 45. Two records that seem out of place in this high-flying era of college football: Alabama’s A.J. McCarron set a school record with 21 touchdown passes this season. And Penn State’s Matt McGloin set a career record for the Nittany Lions with 45 touchdown passes.

Sean Mannion’s return. The return of Oregon State starting quarterback Sean Mannion was easy to overlook late Saturday night, but certainly not for Cal. Mannion was 24 of 34 for 325 yards with four touchdowns in the 62-14 rout of the Bears. Mannion was at full strength for the first time since Oregon State’ fourth game of the season, an interesting development for the Oregon-Oregon State game this week.

Kent State clinches division. Kent State’s best season since Don James was the coach could end with a conference championship. The Golden Flashes clinched a MAC title game appearance thanks to two late defensive stands and 241 rushing yards from Dri Archer in a 31-24 win over Bowling Green. At 10-1 Kent State has to wonder what might have been if not for a 47-17 loss to Kentucky in September. The same could be said for MAC West champion Northern Illinois, whose only loss was by one point to Iowa.

Houston, Southern Miss futility. It’s been apparent for several weeks that Houston and Southern Miss wouldn’t sniff the postseason, but things got worse for last year’s Conference USA division winners. Houston was eliminated from bowl contention in a wild 44-41 loss to Marshall. And defending C-USA champion Southern Miss continued a bid for a winless season by losing 34-33 at home to 3-8 UTEP.

Ohio State.
At the time, it seemed like Ohio State’s stop of Montee Ball at the goal line merely denied Ball a chance to set the FBS career touchdown record. It may have cost Wisconsin the game and legitimacy in the Big Ten Leaders race. Ohio State remained undefeated and won the division (at least as far as the actual standings are concerned) when linebacker Ryan Shazier forced a Montee Ball fumble on a fourth-and-1 at the goal line. Wisconsin wouldn’t denied the second time the Badgers attempted to tie from the goal line, but Ohio State won the game 21-14 in overtime.

Northwestern. Finally, the Wildcats didn’t fold. Northwestern flopped in the second half against Michigan, Nebraska and Penn State this season but not against Michigan State. Northwestern held against Michigan State, including a third-quarter interception to clinch the 23-20 win for an 8-3 season.

Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights offense played with fire with red zone turnovers, but the defense held to keep Rutgers’ Big East title hopes intact in a 10-3 win over Cincinnati. Rutgers had two interceptions and held Cincinnati’s George Winn to a 35 rushing yards, 40 fewer yards than Winn had in any game this season. If Rutgers defeats Louisville in the final game of the season, the Scarlet Knights will win their first Big East title.

Arizona State
Georgia Tech
Michigan at Ohio State
Florida at Florida State
Notre Dame at USC

Tavon Austin’s record day -- rushing.
West Virginia has had trouble running the ball under Dana Holgorsen, so the coach turned to his best offensive threat to take over. Austin, a Biletnikoff Award-contending receiver, rushed for 344 yards on 21 carries in the 50-49 loss to Oklahoma. Austin’s 572 all-purpose yards (including 82 receiving and 146 on kickoff returns) was only six yards short of an FBS record.

Manziel’s extra point attempt. In a game where the outcome was never in doubt, Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin shuffled things up by sending his star quarterback out for an extra point attempt in the 47-28 win over Sam Houston State. Manziel can set SEC and freshman offense records, but he’s not going to play special teams -- the attempt sailed wide right.

Michigan starts Gardner and Robinson. Denard Robinson made his return to the starting lineup against Iowa, but as a tailback to Devin Gardner. Nerve damage in his elbow rendered the former quarterback a non-factor in the passing game, but he could still run, leading the Wolverines with 98 rushing yards. However, Gardner was the star of the day by completing 18 of 23 passes for 314 yards with three touchdowns. Robinson lined up at running back, receiver and quarterback, but his rushing yards will still add to his Big Ten record for rushing yards as a quarterback, according to ESPN’s Michael Rothstein.

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 10:25
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Owen DanielsOwen Daniels, TE, Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Ther Texans have made Owen Daniels active for today's game. So you have plenty of time to make adjustments — unless you're in a Yahoo league. After missing last week with his hip injury, Daniels was limited in practice this week. You really have to wonder if one of this season's top-five tight ends will be needed much against a Jacksonville team that has lost its last six and has only scored in double digits once in those six losses. Maybe look for someone like Oakland's Brandon Myers, fantasy's ninth-best TE who is owned in just 38 percent of Yahoo leagues, going against a Saints defense that is ranked 21st against the position. Myers was listed on the injury report with a concussion and shoulder, but is active as well and practiced in full on Thursday and Friday.


DeMarco Murray, Felix Jones, RBs, Dallas Cowboys vs. Cleveland Browns
DeMarco Murray teased us early in the week when he said "this week is the best I've felt." He was listed as doubtful with the foot injury that continues to bother him and is now inactive today. The Cowboys turn around and play on Thanksgiving later this week, so perhaps we will see him back on the field then. Felix Jones finally had a decent fantasy week for those in all scoring formats, hitting 18.3 in PPR and 15.3 in standard scoring. That was Jones' highest output of the season against an Eagles defense ranked 29th against fantasy backs the last five weeks. Now Jones draws a Browns defense that is ranked 25th against his position the last five weeks. Jones doubled the carries of his two backups combined and is at least a high RB2/flex play today.


Michael Vick out, Nick Foles inMichael Vick, Nick Foles, QBs, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Washington Redskins
The concussion that knocked Michael Vick out of last week's game against Dallas will keep him out of today's game against Washington. Rookie Nick Foles will get his first start. Foles was 22-of-32 for 219 yards with one TD, one interception and a fumble against Dallas, and now he draws a Redskins defense that is ranked 31st against fantasy QBs (25.4 PPG). No quarterback has thrown for under 200 yards (the first eight hit at least 299), no quarterback has left without a TD and the Redskins are 0-8 against the rookie QBs they've faced since 2006, to boot. Foles has LeSean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, with a back strain, at his disposal. You can't assume that Andy Reid is going to lean on the run game to take pressure off of the rookie QB; he hasn't leaned on the run game in the past. If there was ever a time to take a flier on a QB with high upside, this is the week.

— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 06:40
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are out again this week with their high ankle sprains, and while Marcel Reece (hamstring) is on the injury report, he did practice this week and is expected to start. And there are a lot of factors that point toward Reece being a very, very solid start this week. First and foremost, he is all but last-man standing in the Raiders' backfield. Starting WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is highly questionable (hamstring) and TE Brandon Myers is dealing with a concussion. Add to all of those factors that the Saints are the second-worst team in the league against fantasy running backs and this should be a stars align kind of matchup. Reece can run and catch and will need to do both for Oakland to keep pace with the Saints.


Donald BrownDonald Brown, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots
Donald Brown returned last week from his knee injury to split carries with Vick Ballard in the team's 27-10 win at Jacksonville. Two things disconcerting about the timeshare is that neither backs reached 50 yards with the 12 and 14 carries they got, and they won by 17. It is unlikely the Colts are winning by 17 today against New England. Yes, they might run the ball more to try and control the clock against the Patriots, but will one back emerge if that's the route the Colts go? This, of course, is the state of fantasy football with RBBC, but there is nothing dynamic about Brown that makes him a worthy start today. Add in that he is still dealing with the knee and I'd rather take my chances with Marcel Reece or Jacquizz Rodgers.


Julio JonesJulio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals
The every other week philosophy is in place with Julio Jones and Roddy White this season. Almost every other week one of the two has gotten theirs and the other simply has not. Only once this season have the two scored above 14 points each in the same game in PPR scoring. Jones started the trend in Week 1 and it turned out to be road games were his forte as the schedule fell. Last week was supposed to be his week in New Orleans and for the first time on the road he failed to reach at least 17.7 points in PPR scoring. Trends say this should not be his week as it is White's turn and the Falcons are at home. Add in the ankle injury for Jones and perhaps the fantasy football gods are telling us something. He did not practice at all this week due to the injury but is active. Arizona is 15th against fantasy receivers in PPR scoring and eighth over the last five weeks. The Cardinals have not surrendered over 80 yards to a receiver since Week 6 but they have allowed seven TDs to the position since then. Tough to sit Jones, but the Falcons do have other weapons to get the job done against an Arizona team which is 1-3 on the road and has not scored more than 17 points away from its house since the 20 it had in Week 2.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 06:31
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Jordy Nelson Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions
A hamstring shelved Jordy Nelson in Week 8 and as soon as he comes back he goes out early with an ankle injury in Week 9, receiving just one target and no catches. Coming off of the bye, Nelson waslisted as probable with the hamstring and not the ankle, but is active. Today he draws a Lions secondary that has been depleted all season long. Despite their injuries, the Lions are still middle of the road against fantasy receivers. Only Percy Harvin (Week 6) and Nate Washington (Week 3 thanks to a circus grab) have gone over 100 yards. Brandon Marshall's 6-for-81 and a TD in Week 7 is the third-best day against Detroit. The numbers might be a bit skewed over the last three weeks having faced Seattle, Jacksonville and Minnesota, but no receiver has gone over 65 yards. The Lions have allowed four TDs to four different receivers over that time, however. Bottom line: Coming off a bye, if Nelson is active, he's active in your lineup. The aforementioned numbers are just fair warning. But, speaking of numbers, Nelson was 14-for-253 with four scores in two games against Detroit last season.


Wes WelkerWes Welker, WR, New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts
Wes Welker practiced for the first time this week on Friday and is listed as questionable with an ankle injury. Welker, along with fellow receiver Brandon Lloyd and tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, are all listed as questionable. Is this just the typical Patriots injury report or are we looking at an offensive epidemic? For Gronk and Lloyd, they are much better bets to go in today's late game. For Hernandez, he is likely out, and Welker will be a game-time decision. Welker's injury seems a little more concerning than usual. He's had his three lowest scoring outputs the last three weeks since the 2.9 he opened the season with against Tennessee. There's no guarantee whether it will be Julian Edelman or Deion Branch that would see increased targets were Welker and Hernandez not to play. It's looking like the Pats' receiving corps might be like its RB corps — you don't know which one to count on.


Michael TurnerMichael Turner, RB, Atlanta Falcons vs. Arizona Cardinals
There has been a lot of talk lately about how Michael Turner fits, or doesn't fit, in the up-tempo offense the Falcons are running these days. A lot is still dependent upon the in-game situation. For example, the Falcons trailed the Saints last week and Turner had just 13 carries for 15 yards. It is the seventh time in nine games Turner has been at 18 or less carries this season, however. It is not so much that the role is shifting to the speedy Jacquizz Rodgers as it is just simply Turner will not be the 300-plus carry, 1,200-yard back anymore. He is listed on the injury report this week as questionable with a groin injury. And the Falcons, coming off their first loss, draw a Cardinals team that was gashed by Adrian Peterson (153-1) and C.J. Spiller (110 total yards and a TD) in Weeks 6 and 7 but followed by slowing down San Francisco and Green Bay's running games in losses by 18 and 14 points. Today's Falcons-Cards game is an early start; so monitor Turner's status. If he is out, Rodgers is a must-start.
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 06:30
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This is the last of the bye weeks. It’s all up to health and strategy from here on out to get you to a fantasy football championship. Here are some updates on injured players, their status for the Week 11 games or the outlook for their replacements.

Pierre GarconPierre Garcon, WR, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Well, Pierre Garcon is back apparently. A season that began with an 88-yard screen pass for a TD from Robert Griffin III in Week 1 was also cut short because of that TD. Garcon injured his foot on the play and has seen just two more games of action since — garnering eight targets for four catches and 44 yards. Garcon is listed as questionable for today's game against the Eagles and their 13th ranked fantasy defense against receivers in PPR scoring. But all signs point to him returning to action today. Then the question becomes: how much action will he see? It is not likely it will be enough to make a fantasy dent, but keep in mind the only dent he has made thus far in 2012 is one screen pass taken 88 yards for a score. If you are super desperate, give it a shot against an Eagles defense that has given up five TDs to receivers in the last four games.


Brandon Myers, TE, Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints
Brandon Myers is dealing with a shoulder and a concussion that have him listed as probable on the injury report. But the game's ninth-best tight end was back at practice on Thursday and Friday in full. There is no Darren McFadden or Mike Goodson in the backfield. There might not be a Darrius Heyward-Bey in the receiving corps, but there is a Saints defense susceptible to giving up yards and points. Enter Myers. A week ago, New Orleans allowed Tony Gonzalez to catch 11 balls on 15 targets for 122 yards and two TDs. Now that is a Hall of Famer, but even half that day is 18 points in a PPR. I'd even take the 9.5 Myers is averaging.


Brandon Lloyd, WR, New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts
Brandon Lloyd has been limited all week at practice with his knee injury and joins Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez as Patriots that have a legitimate chance of being inactive for today's late game. Of course Lloyd has been low boom or bust this season already. He was likely providing a good value early on with four straight double-digit PPR days to start the season, but he has had three games under 10 points in his last five outings; the other two have been 14- and 16.8-point games. But he has played with this lingering knee injury and the Pats draw a Colts defense today that is fourth-worst in the league against receivers in PPR scoring.  
— By Corby A. Yarbrough @Corby_Yarbrough on Twitter

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Post date: Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 06:20