Bradford wins Heisman

Oklahoma football player Sam Bradford, right, speaks after he won the Heisman Trophy during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13, 1008 in New York.  (AP)

Oklahoma football player Sam Bradford, right, speaks after he won the Heisman Trophy during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 13, 1008 in New York. (AP)

In what was an anticlimactic ceremony, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford came away from the Downtown Athletic Club of New York carrying the Heisman Trophy.

Bradford beat out Texas’ Colt McCoy and the reigning Heisman winner, Florida’s Tim Tebow, for the honor. Bradford becomes only the second sophomore ever — Tebow was a sophomore last season when he won — to win the Heisman.

This announcement came as no surprise to me — as I had predicted it early in the day — but I was somewhat disappointed by the result.

After seeing the voting totals, however, I thought it was a supremely interesting Heisman race. I mean all one needs to see is the final votes to see how interesting the race truly was.

Bradford received 300 first-place votes, McCoy 266 and Tebow 309. Not since 1956 — Tommy McDonald of Oklahoma — had a player drawn the most first-place votes and finished third. Continue reading

Chizik set to coach Auburn

Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik waits to walk onto the field with players, including Ben Barkema, left, and Todd Blythe, right, before a game against Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Ames, Iowa. Chizik is in his first year as Iowa State coach. (AP)

Iowa State football coach Gene Chizik waits to walk onto the field with players, including Ben Barkema, left, and Todd Blythe, right, before a game against Kent State, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2007, in Ames, Iowa. Chizik is in his first year as Iowa State coach. (AP)

Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement that head coach Gene Chizik has been hired to replace Tommy Tubberville at Auburn.

“Gene [Chizik] confirmed for me today that he is accepting the head coaching position at Auburn,” Pollard said. “I’m disappointed for our Iowa State fans and student-athletes that he has chosen to leave our program after only two seasons.

“I understand that it [Auburn] is a dream job for him, but the timing and the way it played out has been hurtful and disappointing. Although this is a significant set back, we will get through the challenge because the Iowa State University athletics program is far greater than one person.”

With that in mind this hiring has to raise some eyebrows — I know it raised mine.

Is Gene Chizik really the best fit for the Auburn job? How can anyone at this point in time justify Chizik to lead a program to prominence? What has he shown to make anyone confident that he can do the job?

I’m sorry, and I don’t really mean to attack Chizik personally, but the job he’s done at Iowa State was poor — at best. He took over for a team that was on a high and quickly brought them back down to Earth. Continue reading

And the Heisman goes to…

Heisman finalists Sam Bradford, left, of Oklahoma, Colt McCoy, center, of Texas, and Tim Tebow, of Florida, pose for a photo after The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. (AP)

Heisman finalists Sam Bradford, left, of Oklahoma, Colt McCoy, center, of Texas, and Tim Tebow, of Florida, pose for a photo after The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008. (AP)

Today marks the biggest day of individual achievement in college football, the presentation of the Heisman Trophy.

This year brings with it an interesting fight for this coveted statue, including maybe the three most compelling arguments for the award I’ve seen in a long time. However, that isn’t the only storyline that has lead up to tonight’s award ceremony. No, there has also been plenty of controversy.

It all started with the controversy of the BCS and the Big 12 Championship. With the extra game, Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford showed himself well against a slumping defense and lead the Sooners to their fifth straight 60-point game. But did Oklahoma deserve the extra game over Colt McCoy and Texas? It’s debatable.

Then there is the invitations sent out by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York , and how Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell wasn’t even invited. Instead, there were only three invitations sent out … to Oklahoma’s Bradford, Texas’ McCoy and Florida’s Tim Tebow.

Although there was controversy about the invitations, there is no controversy about whether one of these three would win the award. With that in mind, here’s a look at each one of these three candidates. Continue reading

Oklahoma clearly cream of Big 12 crop

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

The Big 12 Conference Championship is over, and there is a clear cut winner of the conference.

With all the controversy that has befallen the conference and the inclusion of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game over Texas, I still think the correct team was in the game. And I have a feeling that Missouri thinks so too.

Last night, Oklahoma bludgeoned the Tigers of Missouri to the tune of 62-21 — marking the fifth straight game the Sooners had scored 60 or more — and in all reality clinching a spot in the BCS Championship Game.

Yes, a rematch between OU and Texas would be great fun to watch, and I wish it was possible. However, without that game to watch, Oklahoma just looks like the better team right now. Not only that but I believe the Sooners have the best chance of beating Florida in the BCS Championship.

Texas is a great team, and they are second by just the slimmest of margins. But, they are a clear second in my opinion. Anyway, here’s my Big 12 rankings: Continue reading

Solving the problem of the BCS, part 2

lorida quarterback Tim Tebow (15) looks for an open receiver as Alamaba's Bobby Greenwood closes in during the second quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship NCAA football game at the Georgia Dome Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Atlanta.  (AP)

lorida quarterback Tim Tebow (15) looks for an open receiver as Alamaba's Bobby Greenwood closes in during the second quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship NCAA football game at the Georgia Dome Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Atlanta. (AP)

Ok, it’s been a while since I last posted.

Since the last time I posted on this blog the Nebraska Cornhuskers have beaten Colorado and seemingly locked up a birth into the Gator Bowl. Oklahoma won the Big 12 three-way tiebreaker and will play Missouri tonight for the Big 12 championship. Texas has cried foul, and called for support to make the BCS Championship game anyway. However, this all centers more and more over people complaining about the BCS.

Exactly a month ago I wrote my idea for a solution to the BCS problem and how to organize an FBS playoff. And right now I’m sticking by this proposal more than ever. Continue reading

ESPN gets rights to BCS

espn-bcsStarting in 2011, ESPN will hold the rights to air all Bowl Championship Series games except the Rose Bowl — which has a seperate contract with ABC that runs til 2014.

ESPN will air the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls in prime time on it’s network from 2011-2014, and will have the BCS championship game for all those years except 2014 — when it will be hosted by the Rose Bowl. Along with the TV rights, ESPN will hold the radio rights and the internet marketing.

ESPN currently reaches 98 million homes, and they expect that number to increase before the contract takes effect in 2011.

Muschamp set to coach Texas after Brown retires

Highly energetic Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp reached a new deal with the Longhorns. This deal while still being finalize will boost his salary to $900,000 starting in January, and will designate him as the coach in waiting. Continue reading

Ganz wins Big 12 award

Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz (12) is tackled by Kansas State linebacker Alex Hrebec, top, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. Ganz accounted for 365 yards of offense and four touchdowns, leading Nebraska to a 56-28 win over Kansas State. (AP)

Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz (12) is tackled by Kansas State linebacker Alex Hrebec, top, during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008. Ganz accounted for 365 yards of offense and four touchdowns, leading Nebraska to a 56-28 win over Kansas State. (AP)

Nebraska senior quarterback Joe Ganz was honored with the Big 12 offensive player of the week.

Ganz amassed 365 total yards en route to a 56-28 win over Kansas State in Manhattan, KS., on Saturday. Ganz went 16-for-25 for 270 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also ran for 95 yards on 11 carries and scored two touchdowns.

The 95 rushing yards were a career-high for Ganz and the most by a Nebraska quarterback since Jammal Lord ran for 109 yards against Texas A&M in 2003. Ganz lead the Huskers to a new season-high 610 total yards.

This represents the second time that Ganz has received the award. He also was given the award after beating Kansas State 73-31 in Lincoln. In that game, Ganz went 30-for-40 for a Nebraska record 510 yards and seven touchdowns.

Ganz’s award is the fourth Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honor this season for the Huskers. Ndamukong Suh received the defensive honor for his effort against Kansas, Niles Paul (San Jose State) and Nate Swift (Virginia Tech) have earned special teams honors.