Week 12 in the WAC

Week 12 WAC Preview:

The WAC is not a conference that we can talk about having a lot of “marquee” games, but the Fresno St. and Nevada game certainly lived up to that billing.  QB Colin Kaepernick rushed for 153 yards and passed for 171 and a touchdown as the Wolfpack downed the Bulldogs to keep them in the top 25 and poised for the big matchup with Boise St. for the conference Championship.

The Broncos took care of business against their in state rivals, the Idaho Vandals.  Also, LA Tech and Utah St. kept their bowl eligibility hopes alive with wins over New Mexico St. and San Jose St. respectively.  That being said, the conference will more than likely only be represented by 4 teams in the post season:  Boise St., Nevada, Fresno St. and Hawaii.

Nov 6, 2010; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos receiver Titus Young (1), left, is congratulated by quarterback Kellen Moore (11) and safety Jason Robinson (5) after scoring on an 83-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the Hawaii Rainbows at Bronco Stadium. Boise State defeated Hawaii 42-7. Photo via Newscom

Friday night’s matchup between Boise St. and Fresno St. is the “marquee” matchup for week 12 and it marks the 2nd week in a row that Boise St. will play in a primetime Friday night game.  At least they are getting the TV spotlight that they used to crave.

Weekly Tid Bit:

I would argue that Boise St. was the most impressive of the undefeated teams remaining in the FBS.  I know, I know…they only played Idaho, but hear me out.  They are the only team that “did what they were supposed to do”.  Auburn was pushed at home by a very mediocre Georgia team.  TCU, only a week removed from crushing Utah, struggled against San Diego St, and Oregon escaped Cal w/ their most lackluster offensive performance of the year….and spare me the “Cal plays tough at home comments”.  They’re 5-5.

Conference Standings:

Team                           Conference                 Overall

Boise St.                             5-0                                       9-0

Hawaii                                 5-1                                       7-3

Nevada                               4-1                                       9-1

Fresno St.                           4-2                                       6-3

Louisiana Tech                 4-3                                       4-6

Utah St.                               2-4                                       4-6

Idaho                                   1-4                                       4-6

New Mexico St.               1-5                                       2-8

San Jose St.                      0-5                                       1-9

Written by Rusty Pettit. Follow on Twitter @isbnrustypettit


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