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Friday, August 31, 2012

One Player To Keep An Eye On In 2012


West Virginia will be playing in unfamiliar territory this season after making the move to the Big 12. However even with the change of scenery this team will be a serious contender for the conference crown, due in part to their playmaking wide-receiver Tavon Austin. The Baltimore native has seen his production increase each of the past three seasons. Last season, Austin had the third most touchdowns on the team (8) while also accounting for 1186 yards receiving. 


Tavon is also a threat on the special teams as a return man for kickoffs and punts. The senior helped guide his team to victory against South Florida last season with a 90-yard return he took all the way to the HOUSE.  And his 14.1 punt return average ranked him among the best nationally (#6). The Mountaineers will rely heavily on their speedster this season. Austin can hurt you in so many different facets of the game and I truly believe he will be the difference maker for the Mountaineers in 2012. 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

5 Games I’m Looking Forward To Watching This Season:


College football action is officially underway again and I couldn’t be more excited for this season. I think 2012 will be memorable in many ways and I’m sure we’ll see plenty of upsets, blowouts, and controversies leading all the way up to the National Championship game on January 7th.  Here are a few games that I’ve got circled on my calendar:

1)    Michigan vs. Alabama (September 1st): It’ll be a treat to see two powerhouses go head to head in this opening weekend matchup. Michigan is lead by its dynamic, dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson. The Tide only return 5 players on defense but that doesn’t make Alabama any less of a threat. Senior Nico Johnson leads a solid linebacking core and while I believe Denard Robinson will be tough to stop I think Bama’s defense will pose a serious challenge for this Heisman contender.

2)    Penn State vs. Ohio (September 1st): I’m very interested to see how this group of Nittany Lions reacts after 9 months of distractions. The scandal that took place on this campus no doubt rocked this community and shocked the world. This team will try and move forward and start a new chapter for Penn State football. Bill O’Brien has assumed leadership for this team during Penn State’s darkest hour. No matter if you’re a fan of either team or not, all eyes will be glued to game.

3)    Alabama vs. LSU (November 3rd): National Championship implications could very well be on the line during this match-up of two SEC West powerhouses. For the past three seasons, the victor of this series has only won by an average of 5 points. And two out of the last three seasons the winner of this game has gone on to represent the West in the conference championships. Like I said, a lot usually rides on this game when these two squads meet and this year should be no different. I enjoy watching two discipline, well-coached teams duel it out, and in a rematch of the National Championship game I think Nick Saban’s boys will leave Baton Rouge with the victory. 

4)    Oregon vs. USC (November 3rd): Oregon is one of the hottest teams in the country and has been for the past few seasons. USC looks to return to the limelight this fall after serving a two-year probation for its part in an improper benefits scandal. Heisman frontrunner Matt Barkley will lead a very deep team with hopes of taking the Trojans to the Promised Land. And believe it or not, I think these two teams will be undefeated when they meet in November and it’s very likely that they’ll see each other again at the conference championships.

5)    Florida State vs. Virginia Tech (November 8th): Virginia Tech has dominated the ACC ever since they joined the conference back in 2004. It seems as if Frank Beamer has concocted a formula guaranteed for success and has no intent on sharing the recipe. That’s okay tough, because Florida State is on the verge of returning to national prominence and this very well could be one of Jimbo Fisher’s best teams since he’s been the head coach in Tallahassee. I’m looking forward to watching quarterbacks EJ Manual and Logan Thomas try to out-duel one another; it should be a fun game. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

One Player To Keep An Eye On In '12


Last season in Raleigh, no one was under more pressure to perform than new starting quarterback Mike Glennon

The junior had the seemingly impossible job of trying to fill the void Russell Wilson left after the stud athlete decided to depart for Madison. If you recall, Wilson transferred to Wisconsin before the start of the 2011 season due to NC State’s Head Coach Tom O’Brien declaring the quarterback position up for grabs. It was hard news for Wilson and NC State fans to digest. After all, Wilson threw for over 3500 yards and was the Wolfpack’s second-leading rusher in 2010. 

Glennon,on the other hand didn’t have much to show for, only 78 yards passing on 13 attempts. However all the doubt and worry seemed to quickly dissipate as the 2011 season progressed. Glennon accounted for over 3000 yards through the air while also managing to throw 31 touchdown passes. Though Mike really put himself on the map during the last two regular season games. In the blowout victory at 7th-ranked Clemson, Glennon threw for 253 yards and had 3 TD passes. The following week, he guided NC State past a 20-point deficit in the 4th quarter of the Maryland game to help the Pack claim a bowl birth. This is his team now so there shouldn’t be any distractions standing in Glennon’s way. The only question that remains is how far can the 6’6” senior take the Wolfpack this season? I believe the sky’s the limit. 







Thursday, August 23, 2012

One Player To Keep An Eye On in '12

The last time Michigan fans had a player as electrifying as Denard Robinson was back when Charles Woodson was terrorizing offenses as an All-American cornerback. 


Both athletes have the ability to change a game with just one play. Woodson exhibited a killer instinct to take over and go into beast mode, making acrobatic interceptions and returning punts to the end zone. And Robinson never seems to get rattled, even when a play breaks down. He too has an instinct to hurt opposing teams, either with the pass or run. 


Though all the comparisons fall just short of a National Championship and Heisman Trophy, both of which Woodson claimed in 1997. But did you know that Denard Robinson is the first player in NCAA history to pass for 2,500 yards and rush for 1,500 in a single season? He’s also one of only ten players to gain 3,000 yards passing and rushing in a career. However of all the numbers and records, the only one that truly matters is Michigan’s win total. Last season, Robinson guided Big Blue to its first 11-win season since 2006. But if Robinson can lead his team to 14-win season this year, he wouldn’t only be doing something Charles Woodson help do for Michigan when he was a junior (go undefeated) but he’d also be bringing a National Championship back to Ann Arbor and maybe, just maybe, a Heisman trophy to go along with it…



Monday, August 20, 2012

One Player To Keep An Eye On in '12


Wisconsin has a strong tradition of producing some of the best tailbacks in college football year in and year out, and last season proved to be no different. The latest product in a long line of running back greats is Montee Ball. The 5’11” 212-pound workhorse led all rushers in 2011 with 1923 yards. During conference play, Ball averaged 155 yards per game and even cracked 2 bills twice last season (11/5 Purdue-223, 11/19 Illinois-224).

 The biggest disadvantage facing Ball this season is that he won’t have transfer standout Russell Wilson at quarterback. Defenses had a difficult time slowing these guys down and the threat of the pass opened up plenty of space for Ball to do what he did best: score. The senior took the rock to the house an astounding 39 times (33 Rushing, 6 Receiving)! Now while I don’t believe Ball will be able to duplicate these same stats in 2012 I do think he’s capable of returning to the Heisman ceremony at the end of the season. Montee Ball is definitely a player to keep tabs on in 2012. 



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Week 1 Pac 12 Predictions (In Yellow)




Thursday, August 30th:

N. Colorado
Utah

UCLA
Rice

Washington St
BYU

N. Arizona
Arizona St

Friday, August 31st:

San Jose St
Stanford

Saturday, September 1st:

Nevada
California

Nicholls St
Oregon St

Colorado St
Colorado

Hawaii
USC

Toledo
Arizona

San Diego St
Washington

Arkansas St
Oregon 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Week 1 ACC Predictions (In Yellow)


Friday, August 31st

NC State
Tennessee

Saturday, September 1st

Elon
North Carolina

William & Mary
Maryland

Richmond
Virginia

Miami
Boston College

Murray St
Florida St

Liberty
Wake Forest

Clemson
Auburn

Duke
FIU

Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech




Week 1 Big Ten Predictions (In Yellow)



Thursday, August 30th:

Minnesota
UNLV

Friday, August 31st:

Boise State
Michigan State

Saturday, September 1st:

Northwestern
Syracuse

Miami (OH)
Ohio State

Ohio
Penn State

W Michigan
Illinois

Southern Miss
Nebraska

Northern Iowa
Wisconsin

Iowa
Northern Illinois

E Kentucky
Purdue

Indiana State
Indiana

Michigan
Alabama





Notre Dame
Navy

Week 1 Big Twelve Predictions (In Yellow)




Saturday, September 1st

Tulsa
Iowa State

Savannah State
Oklahoma State

Wyoming
Texas

Marshall
West Virginia

S Dakota St
Kansas

Missouri State
Kansas State

Oklahoma
UTEP

Northwestern St
Texas Tech

Sunday, September 2nd

SMU
Baylor



Week 1 SEC Predictions (In Yellow)



Thursday, August 30th:

South Carolina
Vanderbilt

Texas A&M
Louisiana Tech

Friday, August 31st:

Tennessee
NC State

Saturday, September 1st:

Buffalo
Georgia

Bowling Green
Florida

Clemson
Auburn

Jacksonville St
Arkansas

North Texas
LSU

SE Louisiana
Missouri

Cent Arkansas
Ole Miss

Jackson State
Miss State

Michigan
Alabama

Kentucky
Louisville