Gameday:Week 9


If you can only watch 4 games this week, these are the 4 I recommend. Missouri, Oregon, Michigan State and Auburn are the top 4 BCS schools left with National Title implications on the line. Here is a little info on each game to improve your viewing pleasure, as well as my predictions. I’ll go over a few other games below the Big 4.

The battle for the Big 12 North, not to mention, the final time these 2 teams will play for a while is a big one.  Nebraska needs to prove they can play a complete game at home, something they haven’t done yet this season.  They have trouble stopping the run and their offense is turnover prone.  Missouri needs to prove they can win a big game away from Columbia, MO.  The Tigers defense has been great so far this season, but this will be a unique test.  Martinez is a special player at QB for the Huskers.  If T-Magic is on, the Huskers are tough to beat.  That being said, I like the Missouri Tigers to win this game 28-19.  The keys to the win for Mizzou are running the football and a couple costly turnovers from Martinez.

The Oregon Ducks head to The Coliseum to face the USC Trojans in the late game tonight. College Game Day is there as well, but that isn’t a good thing for the number 1 ranked team lately. I’m sure Oregon doesn’t care that Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma have all lost their #1 ranking while being a part of Game Day. This weeks game is going to feature a lot of offense on both sides of the ball. The Ducks are incredible at putting the ball in the endzone, and I think the Trojans can go score for score with them. Matt Barkley has been the best college QB this season in my opinion. That is why I like the Trojans to pull off the upset, 41-38.

Michigan State heads to the home of the Hawkeyes, Kinnick Stadium, for a huge Big 10 matchup. The Michigan State defense, running game and solid QB play has led them to this tremendous start. Now they have the biggest test on the schedule, when the pressure is on. THe Hawkeyes have the front 4 on defense to slow the Sparty running game and their offense can put up points. Look for a low scoring battle here, I like the Hawkeyes 20-17.

Cameron Newton carries his Tigers into Oxford, MS to face the Rebels from Ole Miss.  I have heard a few people saying this game will be the Tigers downfall, I don’t see it at all.  The Rebels aren’t very good and even if they were, U still think the Tigers would outscore them.  This is just another game for Cameron Newton to pad his Heisman stats.  Give me the Tigers, 52-24.

A few other games to keep an eye on this week:

East Carolina @ UCF  This is the battle for the CUSA East division, ECU’s offense vs UCF’s defense.  ECU QB Dominique Davis is a stud, keep an eye on him.

Baylor @ Texas  This is Baylor’s first real shot to beat the Longhorns in a very long time, I still think Texas gets it done though.

Georgia @ Florida  “The Cocktail Party” is usually a big game, but with both these teams struggling, not many people care.  I will still watch regardless.

Kentucky @ Mississippi State Kentucky hasn’t put very many wins together this season, but they have been impressive on offense.  Miss St should muscle out a win here.

Oklahoma State @ Kansas State Justin Blackmon is suspended for this game because of a DUI, lets see how much he really means to the Okie St offense.  Daniel Thomas is always a good watch.

PGWU Power Poll: Week 9


Every week we get some unexpected wins and losses, last week wasn’t any different.  We had a couple teams make some huge jumps in our Week 9 Power Poll.  Check out the results.

1.  Oregon Ducks 116 points (5 first place votes)

2. Auburn Tigers 113 points (2 first place votes)

3. Boise State Broncos 99 points (1 first place vote)

4. TCU Horned Frogs 95 points

5. Missouri Tigers 89 points

6. Michigan State Spartans 84 points

7. Alabama Crimson Tide 70 points

8t. Utah Utes 57 points

8t. Wisconsin Badgers 57 points

10.Ohio State Buckeyes 53 poimts

11.Oklahoma Sooners 41 points

12. Iowa Hawkeyes 19 points

13. Nebraska Cornhuskers 16 points

14.Stanford Cardinal 14 points

15. LSU Tigers 13 points

Others Receiving Points: Arizona Wildcats 9 points, Nevada Wolfpack 3 points, South Carolina Gamecocks 3 points, Florida State Seminoles 2 points

Big East/Indy Report: Week 9


I was out of the loop last week due to technical difficulties on my side since I was out at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland. One of the downsides of parenthood is that your kid will at times get sick at the worst possible time. Unfortunately, I spent most of my weekend in either a hotel room or a hospital. On a positive note, my picks came up mostly flat. Who would have thought that Notre Dame would come up impotent against Navy in what was in effect a home away from home game? Who could have imagined Syracuse coming up huge defensively against a ranked West Virginia?
I hope things will come out brighter this week. We have 6 games on the slate between the Big East and the Indies. The Big East is simply one big mess where no one team can assert its dominance. One week you think Syracuse is on its way back and they get shelled by Pitt. Rutgers just catches its own bad luck.

West Virginia @ Connecticut (Friday)
West Virginia goes into Connecticut after being one of the lower profile victims of last week’s round of upsets.
Expect running back Noel Devine to pound away on the Connecticut defense to set up the pass for Geno Smith. This should be a recovery game for the Mountaineers as the Huskies were blanked last week by Louisville 26-0. Connecticut remains in flux as they are awaiting someone to step up with the departure of QB

Syracuse @ Cincinnati
Syracuse plays the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the Big East. Much of that persona depends on the performance of linebacker Doug Hogue and defensive end Mikhail Marinovich. Hogue racked up his second national defensive player of the week award with his masterful performance against West Virginia. Hogue ended the game with 10 tackles, two interceptions, and 1.5 tackles for loss in the win. Marinovich had quarterback Geno Smith running for his life throughout the game. Marinovich is the son of the strength and conditioning guru, Marv, and brother to former NFL flameout Todd. He shows the aggressive nature that will serve him well at the next level. His problem is that he’s been known to get into trouble and last week during a 4th quarter drive picked up 2 facemask penalties. He dodged a bullet when a 3rd late hit penalty flag was picked up.
Cincinnati looks to recover from a 38-30 loss against South Florida. Zach Collaros put up 463 yards in passing but the Bearcats were catch-up most of the game. Three receivers put up 100 yards in receiving each, including main target, Armon Binns with 158. The Bearcat defense gave up points as soon as they could find them.
This week I expect Marinovich to push himself to the national spotlight by not giving Collaros enough time to beat the Syracuse zone defense. Expect Syracuse to win a close one here and solidify its 2nd place position in the Big East.

Louisville @ Pittsburgh
Louisville comes into Pittsburgh this week after blanking UCONN 26-0. Pitt comes into the game at 4-3, but 2-0 in the conference with big wins against Rutgers and Syracuse.
Bilal Powell has already reached the 1,000 yard mark for the season for the Cardinals. This may not be enough as inconsistency has plagued Louisville all this season.
Look for Pitt to retain sole possession of 1st place in the Big East behind the accurate passing of Tino Sunseri. At this point in the season, he has completed 67% of his passes with an average of 8 yards per attempt. Expect to see him at the next level with a team that runs a version of the West Coast offense. If Pitt can win out including games with WVU and South Florida, that buzz may become a roar. Don’t be surprised to see him in black and gold as an understudy to Big Ben within the next two years. Sunseri is a graduate of Pittsburgh Central Catholic HS, a school entrenched in yearly Top 100 HS Football rankings.
I don’t expect Pitt to have trouble this week and push closer to the Top 25…and sad to say a BCS bid.

VMI @ Army
Army is home this week. I expect an easy time with VMI, but this is the very definition of a trap game because the Air Force Academy looms next week. Trent Steelman remains “the best quarterback in the country you’ve never heard of”. The running attack should be on all cylinders and Army remains 2 wins away from its first bowl berth in over a decade. A win here does not count towards the mandatory 6.

Tulsa @ Notre Dame
Notre Dame is having difficulty becoming an elite team. After getting shelled by Navy in what was in essence a home game at the new Giants Stadium, they come back to South Bend to play a Tulsa team that has not been tested beyond a trouncing from #20 Oklahoma State. Expect Notre Dame to continue to beat teams that aren’t at the level of their personnel. Utah, Army, and USC loom ahead and Notre Dame is looking down the barrel of a 5 game losing streak if they cannot put it together here. They should, but, this may be the end of the highlights for Brian Kelly’s first season as coach.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 23: Ricky Dobbs  of the Navy Midshipmen rushes with the ball against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at New Meadowlands Stadium on October 23, 2010 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Duke @ Navy
Ricky Dobbs leads the triple-option at home in Annapolis this week against a Duke team well on its way to becoming the doormat of the ACC once again.
Sean Renfree of Duke has put up a respectable 1700 yards of passing. His poor TD-INT ratio is a result of Duke continuing to play a less than stellar line giving up 10 sacks and -59 total yards of rushing for the QB.
Navy has the blueprint given by Army to continue the pressure on the young quarterback and run the ball into the ground.
Expect a 3 TD win for Navy this week.

Today’s preview was fueled by the pork shaped goodness of the McRib.
For those who like questions:
Do we need to put a watch on Regis Philbin after watching his beloved Fighting Irish blow another game to Navy? Will I make it to the end of the World Series without shaving my beard? Should the Big East lose its automatic BCS bid after losing BC and Miami? Let me know what you think on Twitter @prttimesouthpaw.

Pregame Warm-Up Pod Cast: Week 9


It’s Friday morning and Jon Dove from NFLMocks.com, Michael Felder from InTheBleachers.net and Jason Madson are back for another pod cast. This week we discuss wearing another man’s jersey, I do it all the time!  The beer draft is explained by Jon Dove. We also discuss which coaches, or assistant coaches, would make good head coaching candidates.  In the Week 9 Conference Talk we hit on topics like the Mizzou @ Nebraska showdown, who is a better Heisman candidate: Terrelle Pryor or John Clay, East Carolina @ UCF discussion, we talk about the QB play in the Stanford @ Washington game, talk about some BCS hypotheticals, make our weekly picks and finish off the show with the “World Famous” Prospect Quick Fire, Blaine Gabbert is among the prospects we discuss.  Enjoy!

Week 9 in the SEC


THE SEC WEEKLY RECAP

 

With only a few more weeks left into the regular season of the 2010 FBS season; the match-ups get a little bit more intense and the wins matter more, Auburn has their eyes on the prize and looks like nothing will stop them.  Cam Newton probably wrapped up the Heisman Trophy barring any type of fall back the next couple of weeks; but really who is going to contain him? Green, Jones and Jeffery looking like the best WR’s in the conference with solid performances week in and week out.  With Auburn currently ranked 1st on the BCS standings; question is can they maintain that rank to play in the BCS Title game? The only game I’m afraid of it if they fall into a trap game, they still have to face Alabama and that can be a huge game. 

With that being said lets check out the action last week in the SEC as they’re some close games and a blowout or two. 

OLE MISS – 24 @ (21) ARKANSAS – 38

  • QB – JEREMIAH MASOLI (MISS) – 21/36 327YDS 3TDS 15CAR 98YDS
  • WR – MARKEITH SUMMERS (MISS) – 3REC 104YDS 2TDS
  • RB – KNILE DAVIS (ARK) – 22CAR 176YDS 3TDS

 

(6) LSU – 17 @ (5) AUBURN – 24

  • WR – RUEBEN RANDLE (LSU) – 6REC 73YDS 1TD
  • QB – CAM NEWTON (AUB) – 10/16 86YDS / 28CAR 217YDS 2TDS

 

(19) SOUTH CAROLINA – 21 @ VANDY – 7

  • QB – STEPHEN GARCIA (SC) – 31/39 355YDS 2TDS 1INT
  • RB – BRIAN MADDOX (SC) – 24CAR 146YDS 1TD
  • WR – ALSHON JEFFERY (SC) – 9REC 158YDS 1TD
  • WR – TORI GURLEY (SC) – 13REC 109YDS 1TD

 

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 23: Trent Richardson  of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball during the SEC game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(7) ALABAMA – 41 @ TENNESSEE – 10

  • RB – TRENT RICHARDSON (ALA) – 12CAR 119YDS 1TD / 1REC 5YDS 1TD
  • RB – MARK INGRAM (ALA) – 14CAR 88YDS 2TDS
  • WR – JULIO JONES (ALA) – 12REC 221YDS
  • RB – TAUREN POOLE (TENN) – 14CAR 117YDS 1TD

 

UAB – 24 @ (24) MISSISSPPI STATE – 29

  • RB – LADARIUS PERKINS (MISS) – 18CAR 131YDS 1TD

 

GEORGIA – 44 @ KENTUCKY – 31

  • RB – WASHAUN EALEY (GEO) – 28CAR 157YDS 5TDS
  • WR – AJ GREEN (GEO) – 6REC 86YDS
  • QB – MIKE HARTLINE (KEN) – 27/43 353YDS 4TDS 1INT
  • WR – LA’ROD KING (KEN) – 3REC 88YDS 2TDS

 

POWER RANKINGS

  1. AUBURN             5-0         8-0
  2. ALABAMA         4-1         7-1
  3. LSU                      4-1         7-1
  4. S. CAROLINA     3-2         5-2
  5. MISS STATE       2-2         6-2
  6. ARKANSAS        2-2         5-2
  7. GEORGIA            3-3         4-4        
  8. FLORIDA            2-3         4-3
  9. KENTUCKY       1-4         4-4
  10. VANDY               1-3         2-5
  11. OLE MISS            1-3         3-4
  12. TENN                   0-4         2-5

 

Notes – Auburn is currently 1st in the BCS Standings while Alabama is 7th and LSU 12th.  QB Cam Newton currently has 1364yds passing, and 1077yds rushing with a total of 27 touchdowns; Heisman is his to lose.

Lets take a look at the upcoming games this weekend in the SEC.

TENNESSEE @ (17) SOUTH CAROLINA

               I don’t expect this one to be close as I see QB Stephen Garcia continuing to have a stellar season putting up very impressive numbers.  The Volunteers will remain winless in the SEC and Lattimore and Jeffery will put up numbers in this one. 

SOUTH CAROLINA – 34 v. Tennessee – 13

GEORGIA @ FLORIDA

               Can’t believe the Gators aren’t in the top 25, but I seen it coming when Tebow left.  The question in this one is can the Gators defense stop Murray, Ealey and Green? The answer to that will be no, and the Bulldogs will go into Gatorville and give them their 4th straight loss and will have Meyers sweating, but I don’t think his job should be on the hot seat, hard to replace Tebow in College football.  Florida will give it their best as they’re at home but the Bulldogs will prove too much firepower on offense.

GEORGIA – 41 @ FLORIDA – 24

(3) AUBURN @ MISSISSPPI

               Can you say trap game? No I don’t think so, Cam Newton and company will handle their business as nobody has been able to contain Cam yet; so why would the Rebels? Auburn will keep rolling in this one as the past couple weeks has been close games; this one will turn into a blowout, early! Maybe Cam can throw for 200 and run for 200, or is that a given? The BCS title game is in their view; they know it. 

AUBURN – 47 @ OLE MISS – 17

KENTUCKY @ (23) MISSISSIPPI STATE

               Mississippi State keeps on rolling, after their victory over Florida a couple weeks ago they got into the top 25 and moved up one spot in each of the past 2 weeks.  With the Wildcats putting up points the last few weeks and not winning; there due for a win and I think they’ll get it here.

KENTUCKY – 37 @ MISSISSIPPI STATE – 28

VANDY @ (19) ARKANSAS

               The Razorbacks are going to be no contest for Vandy, Ryan Mallett should have a tremendous day and have no problem connecting with Childs. 

ARKANSAS – 43 v. VANDY – 10

Written by Brandon “Bee” Salamat.  Follow him on Twitter @TruGentleman808.

Week 9 in the WAC


Week 9 Wac Preview:

Wouldn’t it be ironic if a loss to Colorado was what kept Boise St. out of the “Big Game”?  Not saying it will, but Hawaii’s Week 3 loss to the Buffaloes are all that is keeping them out of the top 25 right now.  There only other loss is the opening game to the Trojans, and that was no blowout.  Either way, Hawaii has to take care of the Vandals of Idaho before they meet the Broncos next week.

Boise St. already took care of business with a 49-20 drubbing of LA Tech on Tuesday night.  Tech kept it interesting early with an onside kick and they also handed Kellen Moore his 2nd Int. of the season.  That wasn’t enough to keep up with Coach Peterson’s crew though as they found plenty of ways to score including finding Moore on a TD reception to add to his 2 passing TD’s.

Nevada should continue to move forward against Utah St. and I’ll let you pick the winner of the San Jose St. and New Mexico St. matchup…if you want…you don’t have to.

LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Courtney Randall  of the Nevada Reno Wolf Pack is congratulated by quarterback Colin Kaepernick  and Brandon Wimberly  after Randall scored a touchdown against the UNLV Rebels in the second quarter of their game at Sam Boyd Stadium October 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada Reno won 44-26. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Weekly Tid Bit:

Doug Martin’s 150 yards on Tuesday night was a career high.  The Broncos also seemed determined to run the ball more, especially early in the game against LA Tech.  Was this a sign of things to come or just a matter of taking advantage of matchups?  Either way, developing a strong running game is going to be essential to Boise St. as they’ll want to keep teams like Hawaii’s offense off the field as much as possible and control the clock.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Hawaii                                 4-0                                       6-2

Boise St.                             2-0                                       6-0

Fresno St.                           3-1                                       5-2

Louisiana Tech                  2-2                                       3-5

Nevada                               1-1                                       6-1

Idaho                                   1-1                                       4-3

Utah St.                                0-3                                       2-5

New Mexico St.                 0-3                                       1-6

San Jose St.                        0-3                                       1-7

Written by Rusty Pettit.  Follow him on Twitter @isbnrustypettit.

Week 9 in the ACC


Around the ACC:

The ACC is ranked seventh in the latest ESPN Conference power rankings behind the SEC, Pac-10, Big 10, Big 12, MWC and WAC…..Something will have to give in the Florida State vs NC State matchup. The FSU defense surrenders an average of only 16.1points per game but will be tested by QB Russell Wilson and a Wolfpack offense that averages 36 points per game. Wilson has accounted for 76 career touchdowns….Florida State QB Christian Ponder busted the bursa sac in his right elbow in the win over Boston College on Oct. 16 and missed three practices a week ago during FSU’s bye week…..Florida States first year head coach Jimbo Fisher has put himself in some very select company by winning his first four ACC games. Only four other coaches have done this previously. Former Maryland and Georgia Tech head coach Bobby Ross won his first five league games as head coach at Maryland in 1982 and Maryland’s Ralph Friedgen (2001), Duke’s Fred Goldsmith (1994) and Boston College’s Jeff Jagodzinski (2007) each won the first four ACC games of their head coaching careers. No coach has ever won his first six ACC games. When Florida State senior G Rodney Hudson was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week last week he earned the eighth Offensive Lineman of the Week honor of his career…..Georgia Tech led the nation in third-down conversions last season. This year they are sixth in the ACC. Tech QB Joshua Nesbitt is only 44 yards from the ACC career rushing record for quarterbacks but was held to only two rushing yards vs. Clemson…..There is a chance that Miami’s impressive freshman OT Seantrel Henderson will move from right tackle to left tackle in place of the injured Orlando Franklin…..Virginia brings a nine game conference losing streak into this week’s home game vs. Miami….Following last week’s 24-21 loss to Maryland, Boston College sits at 2-5 overall and is staring directly at the possibility of its first losing season since 1998…..Maryland redshirt freshman Pete DeSouza was hospitalized in intensive care after a breaking two bones in both legs last Thursday in a scooter accident near Cole Fieldhouse. DeSouza underwent a 12-hour surgery on Friday….Dukes current six game losing streak matches their longest under Head Coach David Cutcliffe.

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18: Andre Ellington  of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Blind Squirrels ACC picks:

Clemson (4-3) at Boston College (2-5): Is Andre Ellington the NFL back from Clemson?

My pick: Clemson 27  Boston College 21

Miami (5-2) at Virginia (3-4): The conference losing streak grows to ten games for Virginia.

My pick: Miami 31  Virginia 17

Duke (1-6) at Navy(5-2): Navy runs their option offense as well as any team in the country. Just ask Notre Dame.

My pick: Navy 38  Duke 10

Wake Forest (2-5) at Maryland (5-2): Jim Grobe may start as many as five freshman for Wake Forest this week. Terps need this win to become bowl eligible.

My pick: Maryland 35  Wake Forest 14

William and Mary (6-1) at North Carolina (4-3): UNC had a four game winning streak snapped last week vs Miami. They’ll get back on track this week.

My pick: UNC 38 William and Mary 17

 

 

ACC Power rankings:

 1.     Florida State (6-1, 4-0) Christina Ponder used the bye week to get healthy.

 2.     Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-0) Is playing Duke the week before and official bye week actually two consecutive bye weeks?

 3.     Miami (5-2, 3-1) No major tests on the horizon until Nov. 20 vs Virginia Tech

 4.     NC State (5-2, 2-1) Huge contest this Thursday vs FSU

 5.     Clemson (4-3,2-2) They appear to have righted the ship with two straight wins but NC St and FSU loom on the horizon.

 6.     Maryland (5-2, 2-1) First road win for the Terps since 2008 last week.

 7.     Georgia Tech (5-3, 3-2) Things aren’t good when the Tech running game is struggling.

 8.     North Carolina (4-3,2-2) Not good last week offensively or defensively.

 9.     Wake Forest (2-5, 1-3) Currently on a five game losing streak. Only BCS win was vs Duke in week two.

10.  Virginia (3-4, 0-3) Got their first BCS win last week vs Eastern Michigan.

11.  Boston College (2-4, 0-4) Also on a five game losing streak with no BCS wins this season.

 12.  Duke (1-6, 0-4) Only win was in the opener vs Elon. There are a couple of possible wins on the horizon vs UVA or BC.

Written by John Huber. Follow him on Twitter @Fort80.

Big 10 Report: Week 9


Overview:

 Leave it the Big 10 to remind us how important special teams play is.  Two games were impacted by two gutsy special teams’ plays.  Michigan State was able to pull off another trick play that was a major factor to them remaining undefeated.  Wisconsin used a fake punt to thrust them ahead of Iowa.  The results of both of these games had a major impact on the Big 10 standings so it is just another reminder that special teams are exactly that special.  Ohio State rebounded from their loss last week and put a pounding on Purdue but the Buckeyes need help if they want to regain their Big 10 Crown.  It was a tough loss for Northwestern but I am still counting on them for at least 1 big win this year so keep an eye on the Wildcats.

IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 23- Quarterback Scott Tolzien  of the Wisconsin Badgers throws under pressure from Defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn  of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes as offensive lineman Gabe Carimi  defends during the first half of play at Kinnick Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin won 31-30 over Iowa. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

Standout Players:  

If you want to watch a player giving 110% on every play look no further than Dan Persa of Northwestern.  This guy plays with a lot of guts and almost led his team to an upset victory over Michigan State.  While watching that game I was shocked that he kept getting up after every big hit.  This kid is a gamer and deserves a lot of respect for his play on the field.  This weekend had good performances from several quarterbacks but I was really impressed by the play of Ricky Stanzi.  Stanzi has a reputation of making poor decisions, but he was on point against Wisconsin.  He ended the game throwing 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions.  Even though Iowa lost I think Stanzi proved that he is still a force in the Big 10. Not to be out done Kirk Cousins had an impressive game too.  Michigan State had to lean on their Junior quarterback more than usual as they found themselves down early.  Cousins completed 67% of his passes going 29-43 with 331 yards.  His play had a lot to do with the Spartans staying undefeated.

EVANSTON, IL - OCTOBER 23: Kirk Cousins  of the Michigan State Spartans throws a pass under pressure from Corbin Bryant  of the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field on October 23, 2010 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Looking Ahead:

Another College Football weekend and another great Big 10 match-up.  This weekend could be the last major test for Michigan State as they take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Kinnick Stadium.  I like Michigan State in this game but it is really difficult to win in Iowa City.  Another game that promises to be exciting is the Michigan @ Penn State game.  Penn State is looking to get their season back on track and a win against Michigan would do the trick.  Michigan looks to answer the questions surrounding the team, as to whether they can win games in the Big 10.

Written by Jon Dove.  Follow him on Twitter @NFLMocks.

PGWU Heisman Watch: Week 9


What a huge weekend in college football!  We had huge upsets, devastating losses, point explosions and Cameron Newton keeps it going.  We had so many names to choose from this week, so we decided to add in some players that should be in the discusion.  Cameron Newton has a strangle hold on the top spot, but we have some movement this week.

Boise State Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore (11) warms up prior to their NCAA game against the Oregon State Beavers at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho, September 25, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Losness (United States - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

5th  Kellen Moore QB Boise State Broncos  

He is nearly flawless this season, but with his schedule he should be.  He takes a step back this week due to the bye, but he holds on in the top 5.  I really think he will continue to drop because he plays a weak schedule the rest of the way. 

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys warms up before the college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defeated the Bulldogs 24-10.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

4th  Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Cowboys

Another week, another huge game.  This week he put up giant numbers on the vaunted Nebraska defense.  With 5 catches for 157 and 2 scores against the Huskers he continues to lead the nation in a number of statistical categories.  The Cowboys need to win a few more games and keep putting up the offensive numbers for Blackmon to get more attention.

IOWA CITY, IA - OCTOBER 23: Running back John Clay  of the Wisconsin Badgers is tackled by line backer Lance Tillison  of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes as he drove the ball up the middle of the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of play at Kinnick Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Iowa City, Iowa. Wisconsin won 31-30 over the Iowa Hawkeyes. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images).

3rd  John Clay RB Wisconsin Badgers 

John Clay helped lead the way for the Wisconsin Badger’s victory over the Iowa Hawkeys on Saturday.  He rushed for 91 yards and 2 scores, churning out yards against the future NFL D-line of the Hawkeyes.For the season Clay has close to 900 yards and 13 TD.

Oct 21, 2010; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James (21) during the game against the UCLA Bruins at Autzen Stadium. Oregon defeated UCLA 60-13. Photo via Newscom

2nd  LaMichael James RB Oregon Ducks 

The most explosive player on the number one team in the country deserves some love, right?  James has been consistent all season, rushing for 123 yards and 2 TD in the Ducks 60-13 romp over the UCLA Bruins.  He should continue his tremendous season throughout the Pac-10.

AUBURN, AL - OCTOBER 23: Quarterback Cameron Newton  of the Auburn Tigers looks to pass upfield against the LSU Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on October 23, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

1st Cameron Newton QB Auburn Tigers

Did you see his long touchdown run on Saturday against LSU?  If you didn’t check it here(that song is pretty good too, Winner by Jamie Foxx).  Plays like that are nothing new for Newton, he has been doing it all year.  He has the Auburn Tigers at 8-0, with their next toughest match coming at Alabama on November 26.  He could have a TD number in the mid 40’s by then.

In The Discussion

DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma Sooners, Robert Griffin QB Baylor Bears, Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State, Matt Barkley QB USC Trojans, Taylor Martinez QB Nebraska Cornhuskers, Terrelle Pryor QB Ohio State Buckeyes, Denard Robinson QB Michigan Wolverines

PGWU Power Poll: Week 8


Here is the latest version of the Pregame Warm-Up Power Poll.  We had a lot of movement in the polls this week.

1. Oregon Ducks 119 points (seven 1st place)

2. Oklahoma Sooners 102 points (one 1st place)

3. TCU Horned Frogs 101 points

4. Boise State Broncos 100 points

5. Auburn Tigers 91 points

6. LSU Tigers 78 points

7. Michigan State Spartans 73 points

8. Alabama Crimson Tide 69 points

9. Utah Utes 50 points

10. Wisconsin Badgers 46 points

11. Ohio State Buckeyes 40 points

12. Missouri Tigers 21 points

13. Nebraska Cornhuskers 20 points

14. Iowa Hawkeyes 18 points

15. Oklahoma State Cowboys 16 points

Others Receiving Points: Stanford Cardinal 6 points, FSU Seminoles 6 points, Nevada Wolfpack 2 points

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