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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

 

 

COLLEGE TOP 10 FOR WEEK 6

 

COLLEGE TOP 10 FOR WEEK 6
by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
The games finally get better. The college “preseason” is behind us. Now the Top 25 teams begin to play each other in the all-important conference games. This week begins the homestretch with some great key match-ups. Who wouldn’t want to bet the Texas A&M vs Miss St game, or Stanford vs Notre Dame? Even the Primetime Nebraska vs Michigan St game is intriguing from a pointspread point of view. Top ranked Oklahoma will be tested at TCU and a fan favorite is the Bama vs Mississippi battle. Put on your TV’s and crack open a beverage and get ready to WIN WITH WAYNE!!
1) OKLAHOMA—The Sooners are gaining momentum heading into the Big 12 Conference play. They had a bye week to enjoy their huge road win over West Virginia 45-33.QB Trickett passed for 376 and looked great. The replacement for injured RB Ford was better than most thought would be. RB Perine rushed for 242 yards, so it was more reloading instead of replacing as his results were up to Sooner standards.This week they play #25 TCU. OU opened up 5 and this is one of the most important pointspread numbers to follow. Stay tuned!
2) OREGON—The Ducks have had 2 weeks to let it sink in that they almost lost a game, as they squeaked by Washington St (on the road) 38-31. Marcus Mariota needs to take charge of this team as the season only gets more difficult. They host Arizona this week and are a huge favorite. This Thursday Night game can be a national statement game as it is the featured game of ESPN. The Ducks are 4th in scoring at 48 ppg so it’s time to put up and blowout the Wildcats if they are to be relevant on a national level.
3) ALABAMA—The Tide is coming off a bye week after beating Florida 42-21. Over-all they are #9 allowing points at 14 ppg and are ranked 16th in scoring at 42 ppg. This week the Tide travels to play #11 Ole Miss. It will be interesting to see how Bama QB Sims performs on the road against a good defense; ranked 3rd at 8 ppg. The way for Bama to win is by rushing RB Henry. Ole Miss is ranked #75 and Bama rushes for 258 ypg. The Crimson opened up at
- 6.
4) FLORIDA ST—The Seminoles had to use a 2nd half rally to pull away and win 56-41 against a below average NC State team. They may be winning but it’s hard to believe that this team is still #1 in many polls. An upset is in their future unless things change from the lockerroom to the field. The cupcake schedule continues. Again, they play a nobody as they host Wake Forest; a 39 point underdog.
5) AUBURN—Who knew that this may be the best team in the state of Alabama. They are 4-0 and off a blowout of Louisiana Tech 45-17. Their only weakness may be the passing of QB Marshall or maybe the conservative play calling of their OC. They are the typical SEC team as they love to rush the ball and play a stout defense. This week they entertain LSU as an 8 point favorite. The question answered this weekend is can they score enough points?
6) TEXAS A&M—This team can score! They are ranked #2 at 51 points per game. They had a nail biter last week as they were fortunate enough to win in overtime against Arkansas 35-28. This week they play Mississippi St; 2 weeks removed from their biggest upset in a long time as they defeated LSU on the road. Miss State as lucky to enjoy an off week, so the emotions are disseminated from that game and have had time to focus on this Aggie team. A&M’s defense is also top-notch allowing just 15 ppg. The Bulldogs opened up as a tiny 1.5 chalk.
7) BAYLOR—In what many thought would be a closer game, Baylor crushed Iowa Sate 49-28 on the road last week. What an incredible outcome considering they play Texas this week. There was no “look ahead” on the field. This team is ranked 1st in scoring and 8th in defense. Defensively you don’t know to play the run (#24) or the pass (#4) so that’s the formula for their 57 point per game average. This week it’s time to shine and take care of business in Austin as a -16 point road favorite.
8) UCLA—The Bru-Crew crushed Arizona St 62-27 last week in a much needed blowout. UCLA (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) won its first three games by a combined 18 points against non-ranked opponents, raising questions about just how good the Bruins are this season. QB Brett Hundley threw for 355 yards and 4 TD’s on 18 of 23 passing. The downside for the Bruins was the defense. Arizona State ran a staggering 105 plays and gained 626 yards against the young Bruins’ defense. The Bruins play Utah this week at home and are a double digit favorite.
9) NOTRE DAME—The Fighting Irish were impressive blowing out Syracuse last week to a tune of 31-15. Once again it was their #4 ranked defense that held their team together. They don’t score a ton of points and are lower than average at running the ball at 158 ypg and ranked 77th. It’s just solid football and “D”. This week they may have to score a few more points as they play #14 Stanford. The oddsmakers have this game around even so once again, Wayne Root will be following the money and seeing where it leads.
10) MICHIGAN ST—The Spartans have scored 129 points in their last 2 games since losing to Oregon. That’s how to impress the pollsters and rebuild their resume. This week we find Sparty playing at home with #19 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers come in at 5-0 so expect some fireworks as Michigan St gets another test. They opened up at – 8.5 and is a National TV game for ABC.

 

 

 

 

WEEK 5 COLLEGE TOP 10

WEEK 5 COLLEGE TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
Florida St, most analyst’s choice as college football’s top team, is struggling on both sides of the ball. I think they will stub their toe down the road, as they are still celebrating last year’s Championship and QB Jameis Winston is acting like an immature teenager (of course, that’s exactly what he is). Oklahoma won and covered on the road at a very dangerous venue (playing at Morgantown, West Virginia). Washington State proved you can pass against Oregon. And Alabama was better than the score last week, as they handed Florida 21 points before ruining Coach Will Muschamp’s resume.
1) OKLAHOMA—Even with star running back Ford out, QB Trickett and company defeated and covered at West Virginia 45-33. It was Ford’s replacement, RB Perine that rushed for 242 yards. That was no surprise to the experts. QB Tricket looked good and settled down and threw for 376 yards. The Sooners get the week off before playing TCU in 2 weeks.
2) OREGON—The Ducks did get the road win at Washington State, but by just a small margin of 7 points as they left town with a 38-31 win. Oregon’s secondary allowed Halliday to pass for 436 yards. Not good for a Number 2 ranked team. Maybe that’s why they usually have difficulties with Stanford QB’s. Their next big game is Thursday, Oct 2, against an improving Arizona squad.
3) ALABAMA—The Crimson is playing well and are just a few days removed from last Saturday’s rout of Florida 42-21. This contest was no contest. Florida showed how bad they really are and may be looking for a new coach. This week is a bye week for the Tide and it follows in 2 weeks with a match-up at Mississippi.
4) FLORIDA ST—The Noles may have the best talent on both sides of the field in the entire NCAA. But it may be all for naught, if they don’t begin to focus about this team, this year and find their chemistry. They squeaked by Clemson 23-17. Maguire was able to pass for 304 yards against their ex-vaunted defense. Thru 3 games of preseason, FSU is ranked 65th in point average and 111th in rushing. Their “D” is only #30 so as stated, this is not the same team (at this point) that they were last season. They are visiting undefeated NC State this week and the Oddsmakers show them 21.5 favorite at Carter-Finley Stadium.
5) TEXAS A&M—The Aggies continue to pad their numbers and cover the spread as they destroyed SMU 58-6 as a 31 point favorite. I guess all the Aggie fans have to love a coach that runs up the score. They are ranked #2 with a 55 point average and #4 with 405 yards passing, so I guess Hill has earned his trademark “Kenny Thrill.” This week, A&M entertains a fairly good upcoming team as the Razorbacks will be playing as a 9 point dog. The schedule gets more difficult as the Aggies enter the world of SEC Conference play.
6) AUBURN—The Tigers played last Thursday in a Primetime game, winning but not covering- a strong Wayne Root No Limit Club play (mentioned because Wayne Root is the best in the history of Thursday Night games- beginning each week with a winner is paramount to betting; a perfect 3-0 with top rated Thursday plays this season). They crawled away with a 20-14 final but the +8.5 points were just too much. This week they play a practice game against Louisiana Tech as a 33 point favorite, one week before heading to a road game against LSU.
7) BAYLOR—It’s been 2 weeks since the Bears took the field and defeated Buffalo 63-21. This week will find them on the road against a not so powerful Iowa State team. The oddsmakers think this game will result in a blowout as they were installed as a 21.5 road favorite. The public must have reminded them that the Bears are #1 in scoring at 59 ppg and will continue to back high scoring machines. But their “D” is not too shabby either, as the allow just 9 ppg with a 9 point average. This is a very balanced team heading into Big 12 play.
8) NOTRE DAME—It’s always special when the Fighting Irish are in anybody’s Top 10, as we place them #8 and looking to improve before their “Big Game” against Florida St onOctober 18th. But they have to get thru Syracuse this week at a neutral playing field in East Rutherford (and then they host Stanford). So first things first, as they had a bye week last week after defeating two Big 10 opponents in Michigan and Purdue. Can they lay 11 or 12 points on the road after a bye week?
9) MISSISSIPPI—Ole Miss really has not been tested this season with wins over Boise, Vandy and LA-Lafayette. This week is more of the same as they host the Memphis Tigers and are an 18.5 favorite. This could be a “look ahead” game for the Rebels as the following week is “The Game” against #3 ranked Alabama.
10) MICHIGAN STATE—The Spartans round out the Top 10 despite losing at Oregon (Wayne Root’s Blowout Game of the Year with Oregon as the winner) and last week’s 73 points they put up against Eastern Michigan. MSU plays for the love of the game this week as they host Wyoming. Most are glad it’s an early Saturday game and don’t have to get involved with two mismatched teams where the spread is 31 points. The following week is a different story as they are at home against #21 Nebraska.

 

WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10

WEEK 4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOP 10

by WAYNE ALLYN ROOT
Looking ahead to this Saturday, there will be no rest for the Top 10 as some finally begin to play in conference. Note that the SEC has five (5) teams ranked in the Top 10, while the Pac 12 has just one (1) team- with Oregon. It’s always great to see Notre Dame relevant and Florida St not as great as the polls show. Their stats against some easy opponents would have me worried if I was Jimbo Fisher.
1) OKLAHOMA—The Sooners had no problems knocking off Tennessee last Saturday while covering the 21 pt. spread. They lose their top running back as Ford will be out for 2 to 3 weeks. He averaged 6 ypc and had 5 TD’s. Perine will replace him at running back when they take on West Virginia this week. They rely on a great defense to hang on to their #1 ranking by allowing just 11 points per contest.
2) OREGON—The Ducks crushed Wyoming 48-14. This game should have been by a wider margin, but we’ll give Oregon some slack as the game followed the Michigan St win from the previous week. Their 52 points per game keeps them in the Top 5 in scoring and they look to increase it this week against Washington St.
3) ALABAMA—The Crimson allowed just 4 field goals last week against Southern Miss in a 52-12 rout. What’s somewhat of a concern to Coach Sabin is thru his cupcake preseason (prior to conference play), Bama is only 33rd in rushing for 298 ypg. They meet Florida in their 4th home game in a row to begin the season this week so we’ll see if he or offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has made some obviously necessary adjustments.
4) FLORIDA ST.—The Seminoles play on the road this week at #22 Clemson in a much anticipated match-up for the home team. Florida St has not exactly looked like a Top 1 after three games. They are ranked 49th in “D” allowing 21 ppg. Even more worrisome should be their rushing yardage ranked 73rd with just 158 ypc. This road contest will present the ‘Noles with a crucial test.
5) TEXAS A&M—The Aggies beat up on winless Rice last week knocking them off in a 38-10 one-sided game. And that score is a far cry off from their 4th ranked 54 ppg average. QB Kenny Hill has applied for a “Kenny Thrill” trademarked name. He may have earned it thru 3 games by completing 81% of his passes for 1094 yards and 11 TD’s. He’ll certainly add to his totals against SMU this Saturday. But…will all this adulation and hype go to his head?
6) AUBURN—The Tigers were idle last week for added rest from week # 2′s battle with San Jose State. Who makes these schedules? This week they travel to take on Kansas State. There’s only 377 tickets left to sell so the Wildcats’ fans will be out in force (decked out in purple). K-St. is ranked #20 and may have the goods if Auburn doesn’t improve on their 91st ranked passing game. QB Johnson has completed 75% of his passes, but all were short throws and he’s only had 2 TD’s so far along with 277 total yards.
7) BAYLOR—aka Bear Meat. But Bear Meat must changed to Buffalo meat last week as the Baylor Bears mauled Buffalo on the road 63-21. This team has racked up some great stats as they have a #1 ranking in points scored and a #3 ranking in points allowed. But hold all bets!! They travel to play Iowa St, fresh off an outright win over rival Iowa as a 13 point underdog. The question is; letdown or confidence for Iowa State? Either way, this will be a nice test for the Bears.
8) LSU—The Tigers got out the white paint and their paintbrushes and whitewashed “powerhouse” UL Monroe as they ran up the score and put a 31-0 spanking on them. Although that word may have to be banned from football lingo after the terrible deed committed by Viking superstar running back Adrian Peterson. This week is another home game as LSU hosts Mississippi St. They better hope they don’t have to play catch-up with their cupcake low average of 91st in passing yardage against the Bulldogs this week.
9) NOTRE DAME—It’s always great when the Lakers make a run in the NBA Finals,or the NY Yankees are making an October World Series Championship run. The Fighting Irish are in the Top 10 and undefeated. The World of Sports makes the real world feel like it’s spinning on it’s axis correctly and all is normal. They get to rest this week and prepare for both Syracuse and Stanford. They followed up the 31-0 beating they put on Michigan with a 30-14 win against in-state Purdue rival. Go Irish!
10) MISSISSIPPI—Ole Miss is 3-0 after demolishing LA-Lafayette 56-15 last Saturday. They are off this week and prepare for big bad Memphis in two weeks. They need to get a rushing game as their 78th ranking will not cut it in the SEC. They play hard and are heading in the right direction, so beware the rest of the SEC.