College Football Rankings Week 12: Oregon the New No. 1?
Sunday, 11 November 2012 16:29 | Written by Chris Carter
The Week 12 college football rankings are in for a change after Alabama lost Saturday (November 10). Oregon, Kansas State, or Notre Dame could now have a clear path to taking over the top spot. It will all come down to how the voters feel those three teams have done so far this season. The only clarity is that in the new college rankings, Alabama won't be No. 1 any longer.
Most notable in the Week 11 college football scores was the 29-24 upset that Texas A&M had over Alabama. It took the best SEC team out of the ranks of the unbeatens, giving two other conferences a chance to really step up. Kansas State beat TCU, Oregon beat California, and Notre Dame beat Boston College, but all three opponents have been unimpressive this season.
Then there is 9-1 Georgia, a school hoping for a shot at Alabama in the SEC Championship Game in order to punch their own BCS bowl game ticket. That might also be Alabama's way to get in through the back door, but they probably need two of the remaining unbeaten teams to get upset first. In case anyone was paying attention, Louisville also lost their first game of the season, taking them out of any real BCS upset talk.
Which school do you think should be No. 1 in the Week 12 college football rankings? Do you have a prediction on which two schools will meet for the National Championship Game? The answer to the first question comes Sunday morning (November 11), with a lot of debate sure to follow from fans of the schools not ranked No. 1.
College Football Power Rankings – Louisville Remains Undefeated With OT Win
Saturday, 27 October 2012 13:24 | Written by Larry Seely
The Louisville Cardinals remained one of the few undefeated teams in college football after a thrilling 34-31 victory over Cincinnati in a clash between two of the top teams in the Big East Conference.
Louisville entered Friday nights contest 7-0 and ranked 16th in the nation, but the polls have shown little respect, mostly with the strength of schedule being rather soft. The win over the Bear Cats and a future meeting with undefeated Rutgers, could have one of these two schools from the Big East earning a big to a BCS bowl game.
Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater led the Cardinals with 416 yards passing and two scores, but the defense was the key to the victory as they held Cincinnati to 353 yards and forced three turnovers, including a big interception in over-time that led to Louisville's win.
With just four games left in the 2012 college football season, Louisville will need to stay sharp and hope for a couple big upsets before their clash with Rutgers. Good news for the team and fans is that most of the main players on the team return next year and that could have the Cardinals as a BCS title contender in 2013.
West Virginia Mountaineers Make Case for Best Team in Big 12
Sunday, 30 September 2012 22:59 | Written by Chris Carter
The West Virginia Mountaineers opened their first season of Big 12 play with a huge win over the Baylor Bears, 70-63. While the score makes it sound like neither team has quality defenses, West Virginia still hopes their big win will help propel them to the top of their new conference.
Geno Smith came into the season as a Heisman hopeful and finished thegame with a performance that should propel him into a front-runner. Smith threw for an amazing 655 yards and tied the Big 12 record with eight touchdown passes in the game. He only had six incompletions in the game
What is even more impressive is that Smith accomplished the feat in only four quarters of play.
When the Mountaineers came to the Big 12, some questioned if their Big East success could translate well to the Big 12. The TCU Horned Frogs was the more exciting addition, but after four games in 2012, West Virginia might be the favorite to win the Big 12 title this season.
Baylor was just as impressive, with quarterback Nick Florence breaking a record set by Robert Griffin III with 581 passing yards, while also throwing for five touchdowns.
Next week, the West Virginia Mountaineers take on the undefeated Texas Longhorns, as the new kids on the block try to upend the old guard. If the Mountaineers beat Texas, the Big 12 could be theirs for the taking.
2012 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview– The Cream is Rising to the Top
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:56 | Written by Chris Carter
The NCAA Tournament is known for upsets and fans and experts both like to predict what smaller schools will make a run during March Madness. But this year has seen fewer upsets than usual as 14 of the final 16 schools are from the big conferences.
As teams prepare for this week's 'Sweet 16', only Ohio University and Xavier are from a mid-major conference. And though there were some surprising finishes in the first round, the top teams are rising to the challenge and it looks like fans are in store for some great games this weekend as a number of big name schools are set to face one another.
All four number one seeds have advanced and despite the second seeds taking a hit in the opening round, schools like Baylor, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Louisville are still in the running for a title. In all, 26 titles and 71 Final Four appearances are combined by the schools still remaining in the tournament.
The marquee games to open the week are the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats playing Indiana in the South, and number one seed Syracuse tipping off against Wisconsin in the East, but another exciting matchup is Michigan State taking on Louisville in the West semi-finals.
North Carolina played terrific basketball this year, but point guard Kendall Marshall broke his wrist this past weekend and that could hurt the Tar Heel's chances when they face some of the top teams.
As a fan it is nice to see the smaller schools make a run in the NCAA Tournament, but the excitement level will be extremely high as a number of big time programs battle it out of the next couple of weeks for a national title.
2011-12 Bowl Schedule: Cotton, Rose and Fiesta Bowl Highlight Jan. 2nd Lineup
Sunday, 01 January 2012 20:35 | Written by Chris Carter
Are you ready for more college football? The 2011-12 Bowl schedule usually has its big day on January 1st, but due to the NFL finishing up its regular season schedule on the first, the Bowl games have been pushed to January second.
That sits well with football fans, as they get a full day of NFL on the first, and a full day of NCAA Bowl games on the second! Who could ask for anything more?
Here is a look at the 2011-12 Bowl schedule for January 2nd.
2012 Cotton Bowl: Penn State vs. Houston - This should be an exciting game. The high-flying Houston Cougars will face Big Ten opponent Penn State. Both teams had great season in 2011.
2012 Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Oregon Ducks -- A game of two of the best teams in the NCAA. Wisconsin loves to run the ball and is great at doing so. They are one of the best teams in all of college football at doing so. Oregon just loves to do everything on offense! Run, pass and plenty of trick plays will be on display when the Ducks are on offense. This Rose Bowl game may be an instant classic when all is said and done.
2012 Fiesta Bowl: Stanford vs. Oklahoma State -- A match between two powerhouses! With a break or two for both of these teams, this could be the 2012 NCAA BCS Championship game. It will be actually a shame to see one of these teams lose.
Other Bowl games being played include Ohio State taking on Florida in the Gator Bowl; Michigan State vs. Georgia in the Outback Bowl, and Nebraska vs. South Carolina in the Capitol One Bowl.