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HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 12

 

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 12
“The outstanding college football player whose
performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence.”
by Wayne Allyn Root
The 2014 Heisman went into over-load Saturday with some incredible performances resulting in a smorgasbord of choices as the season winds down. It seems that Marcus Mariota had things all locked up but then Saturday happened. Anyone can have an opinion but it’s usually about the money behind the votes and Bovada says it’s still Mariota by a wide margin. But there are a few games left and if last Saturday scrambled things up, let’s not give the Trophy out just yet. Bovada’s odd are Mariota at 1/5. Melvin Gordon is 6/1. Bovada also thinks that the off the field news concerning famous Jameis Winston and his upcoming hearing have dropped him to 40/1.
1) MARCUS MARIOTA–OREGON, QB—Oregon was off this past week. He has 2780 passing yards completing 67% of his passes and throwing 29 touchdowns. If that’s not enough, he’s the Ducks #2 rushing man with 524 yards and 8 more touchdowns. He goes against Colorado this week knowing the race is back on.
2) MELVIN GORDON—WISCONSIN, RB—How does rushing 25 times resulting in 408 yards and 4 touchdowns sound? It gets better. He never saw the playing field in the 4th quarter. His performance was the “game of the year” if not the performance of all-time. He averages 8.6 yards per carry for 1909 yards on the year. That certainly should be a wake-up call that the race is not over!
3) TREVONE BOYKIN—TCU, QB—He’s the Star of the Show. Last year, TCU ended the season 4-8 and this year they are in the Top 4. He’s the sole reason for this transformation. His 2nd half rally against Kansas was needed for stay on pace. He threw for 330 yards.
4) JT BARRETT—OHIO ST,QB—Who says freshman can’t perform? JT (off a huge game vs Michigan St) out played and out performed everyone in Ohio St’s win at Minnesota. He completed 15 of 25 passes with 3 TD’s and rushed 17 times for 189 yards. Can’t wait to see him next year.
5) AMARI COOPER—ALABAMA, WR—Cooper has made Bama QB Blake Sims look good and defenses look bad as he continues to burn up yardage and secondaries. He had 8 receptions and a touchdown to help defeat #1 Mississippi State. And all of that came against a very stout and physical Bulldog defense.
6) JAMEIS WINSTON–FLORIDA ST, QB—He’s impressive on the field and in the second half of most of his games as they have been forced to rally week after week. But his number are not as impressive as in 2013. I’m not sure if the Downtown Club wants to see him in The Big Apple in December.

 

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT, WEEK 12

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT, WEEK 12

by Wayne Allyn Root
This is what College football is all about. The highs and lows. The ebb and tide. The fumble by Utah turning a 14-0 game into a 7-7 momentum changer. Then rewarded as the Committee moves them into the Top 4. Incredible. To top it off, they even jumped Florida St. Alabama goes where few have returned with a W into Cajun Country just to see TCU jump them. Now that’s a high for the Horned Frogs but a low-blow for the Crimson. Notre Dame had no Irish Luck in the desert as the Sun set on ASU. They couldn’t give points away fast enough. For weeks it was said that Ohio St was going nowhere even if they defeated Michigan St. It’s not only Ohio St with all it’s history and alma mater but it’s URBAN MEYER’S Ohio St team (we know about juice in Vegas). They jumped 9 spots. This week we see Bama vs Miss St and Florida St playing old foe, Miami. Trust me when I say the following, before it’s Dec 7th, there may be 4 more different teams that we’ll be betting on in January.
1) MISSISSIPPI ST–The Bulldogs had the week off last week so they went to Tennessee and had a light workout with UT Martin. How did UT Martin score 16 points is the question? This week it’s THE BIG GAME. It’s time to travel to visit the Legend of Bear Bryant. There are no tickets for this game unless you have $5000 and don’t mind the end zone. Bama opened up a TD chalk. This will be a great game…..a high for one and a low for another.
2) OREGON—The Ducks ducked out of a 14-0 deficit with one of the strangest happenings in college football in a long time by grabbing a fumble and running 100 yards for a TD. It was a momentum changer and left Utah in total shock and disbelief. They turned it into a 51-27 win and a jump to number 2 in the polls. Now they get to bask in their glory and hang out on a bye week. Next up is Colorado on the road.
3) FLORIDA ST.—If they keep pushing back Jameis Winston’s hearing back any more, he’ll be in the NFL. Last week it was more of the same as FSU overcame a Virginia team and won 34-20. Other than The Citadel and Wake Forest, there have been no blow-outs and many games played from behind. No half-time lead is safe when playing the Noles. This week it’s Miami’s turn to outscore them in the first half and see what happens the 2nd half. The Seminoles opened up a small field goal favorite.
4) TCU—The Horned Frogs kicked the Wildcat’s butt last week. They sent them home no longer in the hunt for January consideration with a 41-20 huge win. TCU played a difficult well coached squad and played to their averages of 47 points scored and 22 points allowed. This week is a week to throw in some eye-candy for the Selection Committee as they are a 28 point favorite against Kansas…on the road.
5) ALABAMA—I thought for sure that Bama would move up if they grabbed a win at LSU. As it stands today, they would be left out of the party of the year. One would think that beating #21 A&M, # 11 Ole Miss and #16 LSU, would be enough. Well that’s OK says Nick Saban. They control their own destiny as they hosts Mississippi St. Wouldn’t that be funny if they get the win this week and forget to show up in the Iron Bowl vs Auburn?
6) ARIZONA ST—I was very proud of the boys from the desert just south of us. The Sun Devils kick Notre Dame where the Sun don’t shine. ND QB Golson gave it all he had including a ton of turnovers which the Devils turned into 21 points right from the start. After getting it close in the 2nd half, 34-31, ASU pulled away and won 55-31. This week they are a 10 point chalk on the road at Oregon St.
7) BAYLOR—Talking about highs and lows. When did it reverse course and have Baylor go to Oklahoma in Boomer Sooner Country and walk out of there with a 48-14 victory? Does Barry Switzer have to come back and return football royalty back to them? Total embarrassment unless you’re Baylor. This Baylor team is the same team that gave TCU it’s only loss. This week they’re on a bye week and then they host Oklahoma St.
8) OHIO STATE—When QB Barrett played his first game against Virginia Tech and lost 35-21 it was said that OSU was finished. But the Selection Committee in not as harsh. They take that into consideration along with the 3 offensive linemen that were out for the same game. Now let’s fast forward to a game that WAR saw coming for weeks. Wayne Root is a study and fan of Coach Urban Meyer. Hat’s off to a solid performance last week on the road defeating Michigan St 49-37. This week will not be the time for a letdown as much improved Minnesota, now ranked 25th, would love to kick your celebrating butt. OSU is a double digit road favorite.
9) AUBURN—The Tigers never saw it coming. Texas A&M quarterback, Allen, had an incredible afternoon as they upset Auburn 41-38. This is the same A&M team that big brother Alabama defeated 59-0. It won’t get any easier as they get to play between the hedges at Georgia. The Bulldogs opened up 2.5 favorite. It seems that there is more prep and attention given to the upcoming auction of Auburn’s Coach Gus Malzahn’s last years Iron Bowl Sweater vest up for sale. Do they know that Bulldogs can bite?
10) MISSISSIPPI—The Ole Miss Rebels got back in the win column after losses to LSU and Auburn. They defeated powerhouse Presbyterian 48-0. At least it was a shutout. Now they get to take a week off and rest after last weeks contest. (why would anyone schedule a week off after that game last week?). In two weeks, they play Arkansas. Their last meaningful win was October 4th against Alabama. Maybe the only thing left is the Egg Bowl.

 

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 11

 

NCAA TOP 10 REPORT; WEEK 11
by Wayne Allyn Root
There was not much shake up at the top after reveling the second week of rankings by the Bowl Selection Committee. Mississippi State, Florida St and Auburn lead the top 3 while Oregon moved ahead of Alabama after their win over Stanford and Bama’s bye week. The SEC West looks like it will dismantle itself this month as it beats itself up with Ole Miss, LSU and Arkansas playing the spoiler role. The Big 10 has one shot in that Michigan St has to beat Ohio St and then beat Nebraska for the Title. The Big 12 deserves representation by TCU if they can get by Kansas St this week and run out. In the PAC 12, Oregon is in the drivers seat but must get by a dangerous Utah team this week in Salt Lake City. I like this years format of 4 teams so that teams 5-8 have to play and win in addition to having cases where the top 4 can tumble and fall. Just look where Ole Miss was 2 weeks ago. If it was a playoff of 8 teams, our enjoyment would not come until the end of the season and would be short lived for that one week of 4 extra games. For now, let see what’s ahead.
1) MISSISSIPPI ST—The Bulldogs look tired and beat up. Maybe it’s the pressure of playing at a level they’ve never had to play. After-all, this is the first team ever to go from unranked to the Number 1 in the nation position. Last week, Arkansas gave them all they’d ever want and Miss St won 17-10. Dak Prescott continued to look good with 331 yards thrown downfield. They’ll remain undefeated this week as they are gifted with a schedule that has them playing UT Martin. The following week is a calendar event at Alabama. This would be a nice week for rest and a pre-Bama walk thru.
2) FLORIDA ST—On the field, Jameis Winston is great. Trailing 21-0, at Louisville, he brought them back in an incredible comeback. He threw for 401 yards but the most impressive observation was seeing him go after the defensive back after an interception and tackle him. That was inspirational to his team; thus the 42-31 win. This week may be the week they fall as they’re at Virginia but as an 18 point favorite. OK, maybe they won’t fall. They still have Miami, Boston College and Florida this month so one never knows.
3) AUBURN—The Tigers played well and got out of town with a 35-31 win over the Ole Miss Rebels. With the passing and running of QB Wallace and the rushing of Artis-Payne, these Tiger are for real. They average 277 rushing yards per game but it is a fast and bruising style of play that makes them so effective. They are scoring 39 ppg in the difficult SEC West and look for the Tigers to run it up this week as they play A&M on the road. They need eye-test points for the selection Committee.
4) OREGON—The Ducks finally got the Cardinal off their wings. They not only won, they did it smashmouth style as they destroyed Stanford 45-16 and moved into the much cherished Top 4. Mariota looked graceful putting it all together with 258 yards and was the Ducks leading rusher with 85 yards. Now it’s off to the Beehive State to take on Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium. Utah leads the nation with a 5 sacks per game average so Mariota will have to be up to high Duckie speed or they could tumble, waddle and fall.
5) ALABAMA—The Crimson Tide is exactly where they want to be. They are the best “one-loss” team in the Country and will get a chance to prove it on the field in the upcoming month as they play LSU, Miss St and Auburn. So it doesn’t matter this week that they are ranked just outside of the top 4. Saturday night, where Les Mills teams have dropped just 3 night games under him, Bama will go into Baton Rouge a 6 point favorite with both teams running the ball against each others great defense. I wish I was at the game. On a side note: Bama QB Sims leads the Country on 3rd down completions so that may be a difference maker.
6) TCU—The Horned Frogs did what many others have failed to do; get out of West Virginia with a win. And it was a “barely” as both teams fought till the bitter end with TCU hanging on to a 31-30 W. TCU QB Boykin had a terrible passing day as the Horned Frog average of 335 yards per game saw only 166 yards completed. TCU gets their biggest test this week as Kansas St comes to Ft. Worth to make the Big 12 relevant to the Selection Committee in a must win game for both teams. TCU opened as a 5.5 betting chalk. The fans in Amon G. Carter Stadium will be treated to two fine teams, two great veteran coaches and two superb college quarterbacks.
7) KANSAS STATE—Kansas St chose not to look ahead to this weeks match-up with TCU and instead went and buried Oklahoma St 48-14 last Saturday. This week it’s off to Texas to play TCU as two one loss teams (7-1) meet and control their own destiny. Coach Bill Snyder has his offense perfectly balanced as Lockett and Sexton both have 49 receptions apiece. As for rushing, Jones and Waters have rushed 92 and 95 times each. This makes it hard for defenses to key on any one player and gives QB Waters many choices in executing the game plan. Should be a great game this week.
8) MICHIGAN STATE— The lone consideration for the Committee from the Big 10 may be Michigan St. If Ohio St or Nebraska runs the table, there’s still no chance a Big 10 team will be in the playoffs. The only representative posssible is Michigan St but they have to win every game. It begins this week at home as Ohio St comes calling them out for a key battle. Ohio St has all it need to defeat Michigan St so Sparty better be ready. This is their biggest meaningful football game in some time. It will erase the loss from earlier this year at Oregon. It will negate years and years of playing in the Ohio St and U Michigan shadows. It is Huge!!
9) ARIZONA ST—The Sun Devils got the scare of their season last week as they had to go to overtime to walk away with a win over Utah, 19-16. The Devils met their match on the defensive side of the ball as that is what Utah is all about. They have been looking to improve in that area as they are ranked 50th allowing 24 ppg. This week is a big game. I’m not sure who it is bigger for though. Notre dame hits the desert and needs this win. This is their last chance as USC upcoming game means less this year and ASU is higher ranked. Both team have one goal to get to the next level and the Oddsmakers think it may be the best game of the week as the Sun Devils were installed as a tiny 2 point favorite.
10) NOTRE DAME—The Fighting Irish continue to fight. But last week Navy almost sunk them. They played horribly but managed to win 49-39. Their defense was exposed by a military team and the Committee will not miss that. Their play erased out the bitterness of the Florida St ending. QB Golson and RB Folston did their jobs. The question was all on the defensive side of the ball. Maybe Navy’s 3-headed pitchout offense got to them this one week. Maybe they were looking ahead to the match in the desert this week. Whatever it was, they better be ready to play the biggest game of their lives this week as they take on Arizona St.

 

HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH FOR WEEK 10

HEISMAN TROPHY WATCH FOR WEEK 10

 by Wayne Allyn Root
The Heisman Trophy is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football in the United States whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The following have met that requirement so far in the 2014 College Football season. There are others, but these are the most likely candidates to be invited to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City.
1) DAK PRESCOTT–Mississippi State; (QB). Miss St is number 1 because of their defensive play this season. They are ranked 29th in points allowed but only 49th in passing yards. So why is Dak so important? He offers balance. He has thrown for 15 TD’s and rushed for 10 TD’s. Last week the pressure may have gotten to him somewhat as he threw an INT and had 2 fumbles. But to make up for it, he threw 3 touchdowns. His next game is Saturday vs Arkansas.
2) MARCUS MARIOTA–Oregon; (QB). Marcus’ TD to INT ratio is second to none as he has 24 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Amazing! Throw in 5 rushing TD’s and he’s wire to wire with Dak Prescott of Miss State. Last week he had a 5 TD afternoon against Cal in an 59-41 win. This week, his nemesis, Stanford will be all over him so it will be a key game as he marches to New York trying to collect a very important Trophy.
3) AMEER ABDULLAH–Nebraska; (RB). The man is fast. Make that very fast. Last week in the wink of an eye, on just 19 carries, Ameer rushed for 225 yards. That’s over a first down every time you touch to ball average at 11.8 YPC. He leads the Nation in rushing at 1249 rushing yards with 17 TD’s. If that’s not enough, he’s caught passes for an average of 13 YPR. The man is all-everything and the reason that Nebraska is sneaking up the polls. Wait until you see what he does this week against Purdue.
4) AMARI COOPER–Alabama; (WR). Amari is averaging almost 16 yards per reception for a total of 1132 yards this season. He’s scored touchdowns on 9 of the 71 catches he’s made. He may be the deciding factor this year on Bama winning the title game more than their vaulted defense if they make it that far. Last week vs Tennessee he caught 9 passes for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. He’s a game changer.
5) MELVIN GORDON–Wisconsin; (RB). Melvin is a beast. He’s scored with 16 touchdowns on a 7.6 YRC for the season. Last week, he had 3 TD’s against Maryland, in the first half. This week will be a chance to compare Melvin to his counterpart from Nebraska, Ameer Abdullah. Ameer rushed for 225 yards last week vs Rutgers and this week, Melvin plays Rutgers. Good luck as we all know what you are aiming for.

COLLEGE TOP 10; WEEK #9

COLLEGE TOP 10; WEEK #9

by Wayne Allyn Root
One has to love how the Top teams are grouped so tightly together in the won/loss column as we approach next weeks first look from the Bowl Selection Committee. There are 15 teams that have one loss right behind the 3 undefeated’s. And if you make a case for Marshall there are 4 teams without an “L”. Add the results of the down the road “Egg Bowl” that will send a Mississippi team to the 1 loss column, the Committee will have a very difficult job. In reality, most teams control their own destiny but the bottom line is that expanding the NCAA Playoffs to an 8 team event will not dilute the product and eliminate teams that should not be in the mix anyway.
1) MISSISSIPPI STATE—The Bulldogs enjoyed a much needed rest from all the hoopla of beating LSU, Texas A&M and Auburn in 3 straight weeks. Now it’s off to Kentucky to play what some say are an improved Wildcat team. (Maybe they were speaking of basketball). The Bulldogs opened up an 13.5 chalk and plenty are curious to see if the Bulldog momentum will continue after this past week off. State’s offense, led by QB Prescott, is very impressive.
 
2) MISSISSIPPI—The Ole Miss Rebels played solid last week and defeated Tennessee 34-3. They have the most awesome defense in the Nation, ranked #1 and allowing just 10 points per game. (UPCOMING: Can’t wait for the Egg Bowl to see which come first and I’m not talking about the chicken or the egg. I am enamored with the offense of State vs the defense of Ole Miss). This week it’s off to play a very confused LSU team. Is an upset in store or will the Rebels D get the job done?
3) ALABAMA—In my opinion, this is the best “1-loss” team in the country…and maybe the best team- PERIOD. A week after Coach Sabin scolded the Crimson faithful for ranting at him for an 1 point win against Arkansas, he must have turned to some boosters and said to pay attention to the game against A&M. Bama blew the Aggie’s thru Mississippi and Louisiana before the first half was over and sent them thru Texas by the end of the game beating them 59-0. At one point in the Vegas Casinos “in-line gaming” where wagers are constantly made after every play, Bama was a 53 point favorite and still covered. Now we see Alabama is back on the road at Tennessee and is laying 17 point on the early line. Will this be an Arkansas repeat or an A&M blow-out?
 
4) FLORIDA ST—Yes, 4th. But I do include them in NCAA Playoff- so Seminole fans be thankful for little things! This team plays nobody week in and week out. Their one tough opponent Notre Dame was “jobbed” by the referees. Fl;orida State should be out of it right now. I have to admit, Jameis Winston looked great in the 2nd half against Notre Dame. For his sake, I hope he stays “under-the-radar” the rest of the season. It’s even affecting the behavior of Jimbo Fisher, so it has to be taking a toll on the rest of the team. Remember that this is a team sport no matter how much Winston is in the news. Winston is in line for many NCAA Awards and Trophies if he continues to play smart both on and off the field. Florida St gets a bye week and then the followingThursdaythey play in Louisville. With a week and a half of idle time, QB Winston needs to stay indoors and study or stay focused on the practice field. His NFL “stock” is crashing.
5) OREGON—The Ducks have rebounded well from their Oct 2nd loss to Arizona by defeating UCLA and Washington in back to back weeks. This week may be a surprise. It remains to be seen how focused they will be on Cal with the Stanford game following this week. And if that’s not enough, they play at Utah after the Stanford game on the road. So where does Oregon line up their Ducks? Laying 18 points on the road may be difficult but the Oddsmakers won’t give away free money with an easy pointspread so we’ll have to wait and see how practices go this week and what they are willing to show as far as this week’s game plan is concerned. Stay tuned and come backFriday. But…if they “win out” I predict they’ll land in the Playoffs (hopefully replacing Florida State).
 
6) AUBURN—The Tigers are still very much into the season ending race as they have just 1 loss at the hands Mississippi State and on the road. They need to run out and also beat Bama in the Iron Bowl. They play South Carolinathis Saturdayafter having their bye week last week. It seems everyone has lost all respect for the South Carolina and Steve Spurrier program as the Tigers are favored by 17.5 points a week before having to play Ole Miss. Will they or can they “rev” it up after the bye week is the most asked question?
7) NOTRE DAME—Nobody with a clear head could have been disappointed last Saturday night with the game Notre Dame played in their first road game of the year at Florida St. I for one am furious that the officials put the results in the flagged penalty away from the ball and didn’t leave on the field. It had nothing to do with the receiver being open for the TD catch. Congrats to both teams in a well played contest. The Fighting Irish get the week off and return in 2 weeks to play their nemesis; Navy.
8) GEORGIA—It seems as if they replaced Todd Gurley at running back (with Nick Chubb as Chubb rushed for 202 yards on the road at Arkansas). Not an easy thing to do as the Bulldogs won easily 45-32. Georgia is ready to represent the SEC East and has a shot to run the table to get to the title game. They have a bye week and then get to destroy Florida on Nov 1st.
9) MICHIGAN ST—Old Sparty hooked up 56 points on Indiana U last Saturday. IU fans must be screaming for the basketball season to start after that blowout. It could be another blowout this week as State host Michigan. Or not. At least throw out the stats for this year. This is a state rivalry game; especially for MSU. Anyway, the Vegas Oddsmakers have listed the Spartans a 17 point favorite. I understand that Michigan has improved the past few weeks. But look who they played- Rutgers and Penn State. The Spartans are real competition.
10) TCU—Is QB Boykin any good? He threw for 410 yards last week as they crushed Oklahoma State 42-9. That was a “statement” game for the Horned Frogs a week after blowing a huge late game lead to Baylor and losing 61-58. This was a nice bounce back game for TCU. Now they turn their attention to Texas Tech as an 3 touchdown chalk. It’s a lot of points but it can be done playing at home. But the Red Raiders may have some rage of their own to reveal having played 2 decent games the past 2 weeks.
 
Honorable mention: Kansas State. These well mannered boys from Kansas are silent, but deadly.
Wayne Allyn Root

 

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 6

HEISMAN WATCH….WEEK 6

“The outstanding college football player whose
performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence.”
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
We are now separating the best from the rest but only if their teams continue to win. We see that after Oregon’s huge upset to Arizona last week, Marcus Mariota dropped down and may have trouble climbing back up. Nick Marshall, Auburn’s QB, has his team playing exceptional and will have something to say this week as they play Mississippi St. Speaking of Mississippi St, Dak Prescott has produced back to back wins against LSU and Texas A&M and if he’s dominant this week against Auburn, he could move into the top spot. Note that this is the first player from Mississippi St to be in this type of informal poll for the Heisman Trophy. On the opposite end of winning and trying to stay in the chase, Wisconsin’s great running back, Melvin Gordon rushed for 259 yards in a great individual effort but his team came up short and lost to Northwestern 20-14. Jameis Winston’s antics off the field have tarnished his name and is eliminated from my “straw poll.”
1) Todd Gurley, Georgia (RB)
2) Dak Prescott, Mississippi State (QB)
3) Nick Marshall, Auburn (QB)
4) Marcus Mariota, Oregon (QB)
5) Amari Cooper, Alabama (WR)
6) Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (RB)
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REMEMBER THESE NAMES FOR THE “STIFF ARM” TROPHY
Everett Golson, Notre Dame (QB)
Bryce Petty, Baylor (QB)
Johnny “Thrill” Hill, Texas A&M (QB)
J.T. Barrett, Ohio St (QB)
Ameer “Ameer-acle” Abdullah, Nebraska (RB)
Wayne Root