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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

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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

Gameday, 11/1

In this Oct. 11, 2008 file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Gainesville, Fla. Tebow and Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno had career days in last year's Florida-Georgia game. Moreno ran for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns and led the Bulldogs to a 42-30 victory. Tebow, trying to protect a bruised shoulder, was sacked a career-high six times and never got the Gators going. How each team handles the other's star could be the key again Saturday. (AP)

In this Oct. 11, 2008 file photo, Florida quarterback Tim Tebow throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against LSU in Gainesville, Fla. Tebow and Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno had career days in last year's Florida-Georgia game. Moreno ran for a career-high 188 yards and three touchdowns and led the Bulldogs to a 42-30 victory. Tebow, trying to protect a bruised shoulder, was sacked a career-high six times and never got the Gators going. How each team handles the other's star could be the key again Saturday. (AP)

There are a lot of games to be aware of today, two battles between top ten teams and some traditional rivalry games. There are also many games today that have the chance for upset — so lets take a look at what I’m looking forward to.

The two obvious games of the day at No. 1 Texas at No. 7 Texas Tech and No. 8 Florida at No. 6 Georgia. These two games should be greatly entertaining, and I can’t imagine which will be better.

Starting in the SEC, Florida wants to avenge their loss to Georgia last season at The Swamp. The Gators especially want to be able to win after the way that Georgia celebrated their first touchdown last season — having the whole team run into the endzone and dance in mass.

Urban Meyer has said he doesn’t want his players to talk about, or think about the endzone celebration that the Dawgs did last season.

The Gators will be lead by reigning Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow. Tebow has been improving lately after starting slow. However, Tebow isn’t nearly the threat on the ground that he has been Continue reading

Texas is class of the Big 12

Texas quarterback Colt McCoyl, left, evades Oklahoma State safety Andre Sexton during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-24.(AP)

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, left, evades Oklahoma State safety Andre Sexton during the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 28-24.(AP)

At this point in time it’s pretty easy to choose the No. 1 spot on my Big 12 rankings. There’s just no way that Texas doesn’t get the nod, they’ve earned it.

This past weekend Colt McCoy led the No. 1 Longhorns to an outstanding 28-24 win over No. 6 Oklahoma State. I came away from watching this game thinking two things:

  1. Colt McCoy is a completely different player from last year, and he doesn’t let mistakes faze him. Texas is scary, especially since they’ll get McCoy and leading receiver Jordan Shipley back next season.
  2. Oklahoma State is the real deal. They came to play and nearly beat the Longhorns. It was a very impressive game from Mike Gundy’s kids.

McCoy went 38-45 for 391 yards, two touchdowns and one interception Continue reading

First BCS standings released

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) rushes for a touchdown as he is defended by Missouri's Stryker Sulak, right, during the first quarter of their NCAA football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008.  (AP)

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) rushes for a touchdown as he is defended by Missouri's Stryker Sulak, right, during the first quarter of their NCAA football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2008. (AP)

The Bowl Championship Series truly starts mattering this week as the rankings were released today for the first time this season. There are no surprises as to who is in the top three, and these rankings — along with all others — point to a good showing by the Big XII (South). There are four Big XII South teams represented in the top ten of the ranking.

Here’s the top ten in the rankings: Continue reading

Huskers take a big step forward


It’s over in Lubbock, and it ended unlike I could have ever imagined. Yes Nebraska did lose to Texas Tech, however they didn’t deserve to lose this game. The Red Raiders finished out the game with a 37-31 win in overtime, seeing the Huskers to a 3-game losing streak.

Nebraska's Quentin Castille (19) scores a touchdown against Texas Tech's Marlon Williams during their college football game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (AP)

Nebraska's Quentin Castille (19) scores a touchdown against Texas Tech's Marlon Williams during their college football game Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. (AP)

Nebraska was able to drive on the Tech defense all day and actually was able to outgain Tech 471 total yards to 421 yards. However, Tech was able to get the job done in overtime where Nebraska committed their first and only turnover of the game to seal the win for the Red Raiders.

Throughout the game, the story for Texas Tech was the big play – none sticking out in my mind more than in the fourth quarter on a fourth-and-four where Armando Marillo let Michael Crabtree get open behind him for a 43-yard pick up that Continue reading

The last week…

Alright, yet against I got behind on writing the weekend’s recap … so without further ado here we go.

*All rankings reflect the team’s position prior to the game*

Big XII

Eastern Washington 24-31 Colorado

Colorado needed 17 points in the fourth quarter to get by this underwhelming Eastern Washington team at Boulder. Yes, Eastern Washington put up some yards and points against Texas Tech the week before, but there is no reason that Colorado should be pushed that hard at home. The Buffalo’s won with a Cha’Pelle Brown 27 Yd Interception Return for a TD with 1:44 left in the game, talk about clutch.

Cincinnati 26-52 (4) Oklahoma

The Sooners struggled at the beginning of the game, yet came out in the second half and completely dominated the Bearcats. The offense was lead by another efficient day Continue reading