Each and every week, our founder Steve Deace provides readers with his own commentary on the world of college football. Get this week's scoop right here in Deace's college football report.
(12-0)…Can they become the rare
team to go wire-to-wire as the #1 team in the land? We'll find out in Glendale.
(11-1)…Nobody cheering harder for
UCLA this week than the Wolverines, who are out of the BCS title picture unless
the Bruins pull the upset of the season.
(10-1)…Has a shot to defeat the
champions of the SEC, Big 12, and Big Ten as well as a top 10 Notre Dame team in
the same season. If they do that
they definitely deserve a shot at another national title.
Florida (11-1)…Didn't get the necessary style points in beating
State and the Gators BCS
title hopes are fading as a result.
But they still have their first SEC title since Steve Spurrier left to
(11-1)…The most unheralded 11-win
regular season team from a major conference I can ever remember.
(10-2)…Nobody played a tougher
road schedule than the Tigers did, facing four teams away from home that were
ranked in the top 10 at the time.
Do they grow oranges down on the bayou?
(10-2)…That loss to a fine LSU
squad shouldn't diminish what has been a tremendous season for the Razorbacks,
who can still win the SEC title this weekend.
Oklahoma (10-2)…The upset in Austin
was the football gods paying the Sooners back for the game that was stolen from
that at Oregon
earlier this fall.
Rutgers (10-1)…The postseason picture for the Scarlet Knights is
simple now: win this week and they'll land somewhere in the BCS as Big East
(10-1)…The Cardinals could have
their greatest season in school history, and it still might not be enough to get
them into the BCS.
11. Boise State (12-0)…The WAC is one week
away from getting a $15 million Christmas bonus courtesy of the Broncos' first
appearance in the lucrative BCS.
Dame (10-2)…The last three elite
teams the Irish have played recently – Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl and
Michigan and USC this season – have proven Charlie Weiss still has some work to
do on the recruiting trail.
Auburn (10-2)…Hard to believe the
Plainsmen are disappointed by a 10-win season and a fifth straight win in the
Iron Bowl, but given the expectations going into 2006 they probably ought to
Virginia Tech (10-2)…The Hokies
won't play in the ACC Championship Game this weekend, but they're the best team
in the league right now.
(10-2)…Can complete their
improbable 2006 run, and maybe become the most unlikely major conference
champion in recent college football history, this weekend in the ACC.
Tennessee (9-3)…Didn't look great against Kentucky, but still got
the job done to complete a nice turnaround season after a listless 2005
Brigham Young (10-2)…I still think
that on a neutral field the champions of the Mountain West Conference would beat
State by two
A&M (9-3)…It has probably
taken longer than Aggie fans had hoped, but Dennis Franchione finally
established himself in College Station by beating the
(9-3)…It appears the personable
Mack Brown isn't much of a championship coach without Vince Young under
Nebraska (9-3)…Don't sleep on the Huskers in Kansas City, they'll have
the home field advantage in the Big 12 Championship Game.
West Virginia (9-2)…Loss to South Florida was very costly for the Mountaineer program. It eliminated any BCS hopes they had and
also might've cost Steve Slaton a trip to the Heisman ceremony in New York.
Georgia (8-4)…The young ‘Dawgs got better as the season wore on,
and may have finally found themselves a quarterback in Matt Stafford.
Georgia Tech (9-3)…The
Yellowjackets are all that is standing in the way from Wake Forest having a movie made about its
football team someday.
(9-3)…Another solid season by Tom
O'Brien's club, but they missed their shot at the ACC championship this season.
(8-3)…Granted, Stanford is
horrible. But it will still be
interesting to see how focused the Bears are this week with little to play
Honorable Mention: #26 Hawaii (10-2), #27 TCU (9-2), #28 Oregon State
(8-4), #29 South Florida (8-4), #30 Houston (9-3).
My Heisman Ballot
Troy Smith, Ohio State—It's over.
Go ahead and engrave his name on it.
Darren McFadden, Arkansas—Had he been healthy at the start of the season the
entire season might've turned out differently.
Mike Hart, Michigan—College football's ultimate warrior will be a
favorite for the 2007 award.
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame—All of the gaudy numbers in his career came against
My 2006 All-American
QB—Troy Smith, Ohio State (Sr.)
RB—Darren McFadden, Arkansas (So.)
RB—Mike Hart, Michigan (Jr.)
WR—Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
WR—Robert Meachem, Tennessee (Jr.)
WR—Dwayne Jarrett, USC (Jr.)
OL—Joe Thomas, Wisconsin (Sr.)
OL—Jake Long, Michigan (Jr.)
OL—Justin Blalock, Texas (Sr.)
OL—Dan Mozes, West Virginia (Sr.)
OL—Sam Young, USC (Jr.)
DL—Quinn Pitcock, Ohio State (Sr.)
DL—Gaines Adams, Clemson (Sr.)
DL—Jamaal Anderson, Arkansas (Jr.)
LB—Patrick Willis, Mississippi (Sr.)
LB—James Laurinaitis, Ohio State (So.)
LB—David Harris, Michigan (Sr.)
DB—Daymeion Hughes, California (Sr.)
DB—Reggie Nelson, Florida (Jr.)
DB—Leon Hall, Michigan (Sr.)
DB—Aaron Ross, Texas (Sr.)
K—Jon Vaughn, Auburn (Sr.)
R—Ted Ginn, Jr., Ohio State (Jr.)
Projecting Big 12 & BCS
The National Championship Game—USC
Rose Bowl—Notre Dame vs. Michigan
Orange Bowl—LSU vs. Wake Forest
Sugar Bowl—Louisville vs. Florida
Fiesta Bowl—Boise State
Cotton Bowl—Oklahoma vs. Arkansas
Gator Bowl—Texas vs. Virginia Tech
A&M vs. California
Alamo Bowl—Missouri vs. Iowa
Insight Bowl—Kansas State
Texas Bowl—Texas Tech
Independence Bowl—Oklahoma State vs. Kentucky
(Steve Deace founded Cyclone
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