Weekly College Football Report

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.

1. Ohio State (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.


2. Michigan (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. 


3. USC (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.


4. Florida (11-1)…Didn't get the necessary style points in beating Florida 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 play for.    


5. Wisconsin (11-1)…The most unheralded 11-win regular season team from a major conference I can ever remember.     


6. LSU (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?


7. Arkansas (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. 


8. 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.   


9. 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 champion.


10. Louisville (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.  


12. Notre 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.   


13. 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 be.         


14. 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.


15. Wake Forest (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. 


16. 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 campaign.  


17. Brigham Young (10-2)…I still think that on a neutral field the champions of the Mountain West Conference would beat Boise State by two touchdowns.  


18. Texas 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 Longhorns.


19. Texas (9-3)…It appears the personable Mack Brown isn't much of a championship coach without Vince Young under center. 


20. 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.  


21. 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.   


22. Georgia (8-4)…The young ‘Dawgs got better as the season wore on, and may have finally found themselves a quarterback in Matt Stafford.


23. 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.


24. Boston College (9-3)…Another solid season by Tom O'Brien's club, but they missed their shot at the ACC championship this season.


25. California (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 for. 


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


1.      Troy Smith, Ohio StateIt's over.  Go ahead and engrave his name on it. 


2.      Darren McFadden, ArkansasHad he been healthy at the start of the season the entire season might've turned out differently.


3.      Mike Hart, MichiganCollege football's ultimate warrior will be a favorite for the 2007 award.  


4.      Brady Quinn, Notre Dame—All of the gaudy numbers in his career came against scrubs. 


My 2006 All-American Team



QB—Troy Smith, Ohio State (Sr.)

RB—Darren McFadden, Arkansas (So.)

RB—Mike Hart, Michigan (Jr.)

WR—Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech (Jr.)

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—LaMarr Woodley, Michigan (Sr.)

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.)




P—Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor (Sr.)

K—Jon Vaughn, Auburn (Sr.)

R—Ted Ginn, Jr., Ohio State (Jr.)


Projecting Big 12 & BCS Bowl Spots


The National Championship Game—USC vs. Ohio State

Rose Bowl—Notre Dame vs. Michigan

Orange Bowl—LSU vs. Wake Forest

Sugar Bowl—Louisville vs. Florida

Fiesta Bowl—Boise State vs. Nebraska

Cotton Bowl—Oklahoma vs. Arkansas

Gator Bowl—Texas vs. Virginia Tech

Holiday Bowl—Texas A&M vs. California

Alamo Bowl—Missouri vs. Iowa

Insight Bowl—Kansas State vs. Minnesota

Texas Bowl—Texas Tech vs. Rutgers

Independence Bowl—Oklahoma State vs. Kentucky

At-large selection—Kansas


(Steve Deace founded Cyclone Nation in 2002.  He can be heard on the radio each weekday from 4-7 p.m. on 1040-WHO and seen each week on television on Mediacom's "Cy-Hawk Talk: State of the Nations" on Connections Channel throughout 500,000 homes in Iowa.)

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