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.

THE SEC APPROACHES WEEK 8


 

So week 7 is in the books in this amazing 2010 college football season and before I begin I just have to say one thing, Cam Newton IS YOUR 2010 FBS Heisman, Denard who? Kellen who? Martinez who? Yes its Cam whose the best player in the country and leading his Auburn Tigers into title contention; a couple more tough tasks on the way but I’m sure they’ll be fine and nothing wrong with seeing Auburn in the BCS title game, I’m sure the nation would love to watch Cam Newton!

Last week there were a couple surprises, and of course the game I called the “hangover” game for the Gamecocks; fresh off beating the previous #1 ranked team Alabama I knew they’d have their hands full with the Kentucky Wildcats and I thought they could pull out the victory but I was wrong, they fell short by 3 points.  Kentucky won that game in the 2nd half as they outscored the Gamecocks 21-0 when it looked like South Carolina was going to roll thru them, Garcia was on fire in the 1st half.  The Georgia Bulldogs put the beatdown on Vandy as they crushed them at home 43 to 0 and All-American WR AJ Green only had 3receptions? With that blowout Bulldogs didn’t need Murray to pass much and just keep pounding the ball.  The freebie of the week LSU welcomes McNeese State to town and took care of business, not as expected but a win is a win; could you imagine if they lost this game? My kudos points goes to Mississippi State holding Florida to 7 points in their own backyard; yeah I say that’s domination at its finest, do you think the Gator Nation misses one Tim Tebow? Alabama hung on to beat Ole Miss in a game where I figured they’d take their frustration out on Ole Miss being that they just lost their #1 ranking and Ingram and Richardson were contained once again; they’re still in the hunt for the BCS title game but will have to be impressive down the stretch and also faces Auburn still.  Lastly, the game of the day in the SEC was between the Auburn Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks who turned in what was suppose to be a football game into a college basketball score.  Cam Newton was amazing, Auburn defense took out Mallett and can anyone contain Newton? Cam Newton took this game over and never looked back as the Tigers beat the Razorbacks 65 to 43, crazy!

SEC POWER RANKINGS

  1. 1. Auburn
  2. 2. Alabama
  3. 3. LSU
  4. 4. South Carolina
  5. 5. Georgia
  6. 6. Mississippi State
  7. 7. Florida
  8. 8. Arkansas
  9. 9. Kentucky
  10. 10. Ole Miss
  11. 11. Vandy
  12. 12. Tennessee

 

WEEK 7 STANDOUT PLAYERS

 

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Washaun Ealey #24 of the Georgia Bulldogs rushes upfield against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
  • GEORGIA – QB – AARON MURRAY – 15/24 287yards 2tds
  • GEORGIA – RB – WASHAUN EALEY – 17car 123yards 1td
  • GEORGIA – WR – KRIS DURHAM – 4rec 112yds 1td
  • ARKANSAS – QB – TYLER WILSON – 25/34 332yds 4tds 2int
  • ARKANSAS – WR – GREG CHILDS – 9rec 164yds 2td
  • AUBURN – QB – CAM NEWTON – 10/14 140yds 1td 25car 188yds 3tds
  • SOUTH CAROLINA – RB – MARCUS LATTIMORE – 15car 79yds 2td 4rec 133yds 1td
  • SOUTH CAROLINA – QB – STEPHEN GARCIA – 20/32 382yds 2td 2int
  • KENTUCKY – QB – MIKE HARTLINE – 32/42 349yds 4tds
  • KENTUCKY – WR – CHRIS MATTHEWS – 12rec 177yds 1td
  • LSU – RB – MICHAEL FORD – 10car 86yds 2tds
  • ALABAMA – QB – GREG MCELROY – 17/25 219yds 2td
  • ALABAMA – RB – TRENT RICHARDSON 11car 45yds 5rec 101yds 1td

 

A LOOK INTO WHAT TO EXPECT IN WEEK 8

 

OLE MISS @ (21) ARKANSAS – Unsure if Mallett will play in this game, backup Wilson should take over as he did quite nice against Auburn last week; and faces a much weaker opponent this week in Ole Miss.  Look for Childs to have another monster game and the Razorbacks to bounce back in the win column in this one as their at home. 

OLE MISS – 13 @ ARKANSAS – 34

(6) LSU @ (5) AUBURN – The battle of the Tigers and by far the game of the week for the SEC as well in college football in general.  One of them is going to end up with their 1st lost on the season; and I bet you it’ll be a tiger. Joke aside; Auburn is at home, Cam Newton is playing on another level and I’m confident the defense will show up in this game.  This could turn out into a high scoring game though; but Lee and Ford and company from LSU will fall short.

(6) LSU – 27 @ (5) AUBURN – 47

(19) SOUTH CAROLINA @ VANDY – What an up and down past couple of weeks for the Gamecocks, first they upset Alabama then ended up coming up short to Kentucky.  They now take their travels to Vandy where they’re just coming off a shutout they got handed to them from the Georgia Bulldogs.  Lets hope they can find their offense in this game but I expect a bounce back game from Spurrier’s school; Garcia continues to have a great year and will do so in this one as he has the SEC’s best WR in Jeffrey. 

(19) SOUTH CAROLINA – 33 @ VANDY – 10

(7) ALABAMA @ TENNESSEE – Alabama travels to Volunteer Avenue to take on Tennessee as they’re 0-3 in SEC play and will more so likely be 0-4.  Both RB’s Ingram and Richardson look to get back on track coming off back-to-back disastrous weeks after starting off the season hot.  McElroy and Julio Jones will continue their play in the passing game that Tennessee can only hope to stop; chalk up another win for Alabama.

(7) ALABAMA – 41 @ TENNESSEE – 21

UAB @ (24) MISSISSPPI STATE – newly ranked Mississippi State welcomes UAB to their home stadium fresh off their upset of the Flordia Gators.  Last weeks game was nothing exciting, and UAB can put up some points if Mississppi State allows them too.  This is the freebie of the week as I expect the Bulldogs to take this one with ease.

UAB – 13 @ MISSISSIPPI STATE – 31

GEORGIA @ KENTUCKY – I think this game will be a great match-up, both high scoring offenses, both filled with playmakers with the likes of Murray, Ealey, Green, and Cobb.  Cobb will be a handful for the Bulldogs to contain and Hartline is coming off a great game last week against South Carolina so I hope we see more of the same, but in this game AJ Green dominants.  He only put up 3 receptions last week, I say he goes for at least 8 receptions in this one to clearly state he’s the nations best WR.  Georgia Bulldogs continue their winning streak and take charge!

GEORGIA – 42 @ KENTUCKY – 34

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

PGWU Power Poll: Week 7


Last week brought us some shake ups in the week 7 Power Poll.  Here is a look at how the Pregame Warm-Up Crew ranks the Top 15 this week.

1. Oregon Ducks 112 points (five 1st place)

2. Ohio State Buckeyes 108 points (one 1st place)

3. Boise State Broncos 106 points (one 1st place)

4. Nebraska Cornhuskers 93 points (one 1st place)

5. TCU Horned Frogs 90 points

6. Alabama Crimson Tide 71 points

7. Auburn Tigers 69 points

8. South Carolina Gamecocks 63 points

9. Oklahoma Sooners 61 points

10. LSU Tigers 57 points

11. Utah Utes 36 points

12. Michigan State Spartans 34 points

13. Arkansas Razorbacks 14 points

14. Iowa Hawkeyes 11 points

15. Stanford Cardinal 10 points

Others Receiving Points:   Florida State Seminoles 8 points, Missouri Tigers 6 points, Arizona Wildcats 5 points, Nevada Wolfpack 5 points, Michigan Wolverines 2 points

SEC Report: Week 7


A Recap of the Best Conference the SEC

 

Week 6 Score Recap

  • TENN – 14 @ GEORGIA – 41
  • (11) ARKANSAS – 24 @ TEXAS A&M – 17
  • (1) ALABAMA – 21 @ (19) SOUTH CAROLINA – 35
  • E.MICHIGAN – 6 @ VANDERBILT – 52
  • (8) AUBURN – 37 @ KENTUCKY – 34
  • (12) LSU – 33 @ (14) FLORIDA – 29
  • MISS. STATE – 47 @ HOUSTON – 24

 

Alabama slipped all seven spots to 8th in the AP Poll and Auburn remains the highest ranked SEC school being ranked 7th.  For the first time since 2006 the SEC is nearly 7 ranks behind the #1 team in the nation.  This has been a great week for the SEC Conference as it points out they’re still by far the toughest conference to play in; the South Carolina v. Alabama game was a good example.  The late game heroics by LSU; well lets just say they got lucky.  Gutsy call on the fake field goal but everyone knew it was coming; and Les Miles just saved his job once again but if you’re an LSU fan its nothing new, right? Auburn QB Cam Newton continues to impress and lead his Tigers into BSC contention as he lead his team to victory over Kentucky. 

            The SEC schools that are currently ranked are Auburn at 7th, Alabama 8th, LSU 9th and South Carolina jumped 9 spots to get to 10th.  After their devastating lost to LSU, the Gators fell to 22nd after suffering 2 straight losses.  Both Auburn and LSU remain the SEC’s only unbeaten with a date against each other on October 23rd, pending on who wins that game and continues to win out they may have a fighting chance for the title game but without looking ahead both schools still have to go thru Arkansas and Alabama still; both tough outs. 

Week 5 Standout Players

  • RB Vick Ballard (Miss St.) ran for 134yds and 3tds @ Houston
  • QB Cam Newton (Auburn) ran for a career high 198yds 4tds
  • QB Ryan Mallett (Arkansas) threw for 3 td passes against the Aggies
  • QB Aaron Murray (Georgia) completed 17/25 passes for 266yds 2tds 2rushTD
  • WR AJ Green (Georgira) 6rec 96yds 1td
  • QB Larry Smith (Vandy) 253yds passing 2tds and 1rush td
  • QB Stephen Garcia (South Carolina) 201yds 3tds
  • QB Greg McElroy (Bama) career high 315yds 2tds
  • RB Marcus Lattimore (South Carolina) 23car 93yds 2td 2rec 16yds 1td
  • WR Julio Jones (Bama) 8rec 118yds 1td
  • WR Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina) 7rec 127yds 2tds
  • WR Randall Cobb (Kentucky) 7rec 68yds 1td 11car 47yds 2tds 1/1 6ds td

 

LEXINGTON, KY - OCTOBER 31:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates after running for a touchdown during the SEC game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Commonwealth Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky.  Mississippi State won 31-24.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

WEEK 7 GAMES

            Ole Miss @ (8) Alabama

            (12) Arkansas @ (7) Auburn

            Miss State @ (22) Florida

            Vandy @ Georgia

            (10) South Carolina @ Kentucky

            McNeese @ (9) LSU

Freebie of the week: This goes to the LSU Tigers, after back 2 back exhausting wins against Tennessee and Florida guess this easy yet don’t look beyond match-up with McNeese is something they need.  The Tigers are at home and this should be an easy game, key word is should be; because you never know.  But I say Tolliver and the Tigers take care of business as they prepare for Auburn the following week.

McNeese – 10 @ LSU – 44

University of South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia celebrates as he leaves the field following their win over the University of Alabama following their NCAA college footballl game in Columbia, South Carolina October 9, 2010.  REUTERS/Tami Chappell (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

SEC Game of the Week: The Razorbacks visit the Tigers in what should be a classic game just like the South Carolina and Alabama game was last week.  Can Cam Newton keep up his heisman case and continue to lead his Tigers into victory? Auburn is currently 6-0 and looks to make some noise into BCS consideration.  Mallett keeps this one close but Newton and SEC’s best in pass efficiency takes it in the end.

Arkansas – 24 @ AUBURN – 37

Hangover of the week: This one goes to the Gamecocks as they head to Kentucky in what should be a battle for Garcia and company.  South Carolina has it going for them as they held ‘Bama to combined 64yards rushing; in this game they’ll have to deal with Randall Cobb who seems to be everywhere on the field and Kentucky’s lethal weapon.  In counter the Gamecocks have Jeffery whose the SEC’s leading WR and Garcia’s leading man and who’ll be looked at a lot in this game.  Kentucky keeps it close but cannot manage a victory, Garcia and company don’t have a hangover after beating the previous #1 ranked team, as their confidence rises and gets a win on the road.

SOUTH CAROLINA – 37 @ Kentucky – 17

Then there’s everyone else: Florida looks to end their 2 game losing streak as they welcome Mississippi State to Gatorville and Brantley hopes to get the program back on track.  Task for Florida is can they stop Vick Ballard and company in the rushing game? We’ll find out on Saturday.  Vandy heads to Georgia where Murray and Green have come alive and got this Bulldog offense back on track; Vandy keeps it close but AJ Green wins the game for the Bulldogs.  I feel bad for Ole Miss as they fly to Alabama and have to take on a frustrated and upset Alabama team; look for Ingram and Richardson to do some major damage in this one.

Miss State – 24 @ FLORIDA – 35

Ole Miss – 17 @ ALABAMA – 44

Vandy – 27 @ GEORGIA – 37

Written by Brandon Salamat.  Follow him on Twitter @TruGentleman808.

PGWU Power Poll: Week 6


Every week the writers at Pregame Warm-Up will get together for our top 15 schools, or as we like to call it, the “Power Poll”. Each individual writer gives their top 15, then we assign the 1st place team 15 points all the way down to the 15th place team with 1 point. The points are combined and here is how week 6 ended up:

  1. 1. Alabama Crimson Tide- 88 points (five 1st place votes)
  2. 2. Oregon Ducks- 84 points (one 1st place vote)
  3. 3. Boise State Broncos- 67 points
  4. 3. Ohio State Buckeyes- 67 points
  5. 5. Nebraska Cornhuskers- 65 points
  6. 6. TCU Horned Frogs- 63 points
  7. 7. Oklahoma Sooners- 50 points
  8. 8. Auburn Tigers- 46 points
  9. 9. Utah Utes- 31 points
  10. 10. South Carolina Gamecocks- 26 points
  11. 11. Arizona Wildcats- 25 points
  12. 12. Arkansas Razorbacks- 21 points
  13. 12. LSU Tigers- 21 points
  14. 14. Michigan Wolverines- 20 points
  15. 15. Michigan State Spartans- 12 points

Others Receiving Points:      Iowa 8 points, Miami 6 points, Stanford 5 points, Missouri 4 points, Nevada 2 points, UCLA 1 point

GameDay


After a very long week of sub-par football games, College Football Saturday is finally here!! This week is mainly focused on some big time match ups in some of the big time conferences, but a couple key out of conference games are still on the schedule. Check us out every Saturday morning for our primer to GameDay!

The Big 10 boasts a couple games to keep an eye on this week. Indiana brings its high powered offense to The Ohio State University and the Buckeyes stingy defense. Depending on the health of Terrelle Pryor, this could be a tight game. The game of the week in the Big 10 would have to be Michigan State at Michigan. This rivalry got a whole lot more interesting with the emergence of Denard Robinson facing the very talented Spartan defense, led by Greg Jones.

A couple of the out of conference games to at the very least keep an eye on would be Arkansas and Texas A&M in Dallas at Jerry’s Palace and Utah at Iowa State. The Arky/TAMU game should be an offensive explosion, and it features a handful of NFL Draft prospects. Utah at Iowa State should be a close game in my opinion, I just think ISU is playing with a confidence right now.

LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 10:  Quarterback Austen Arnaud #4 of the Iowa State Cyclones passes during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 10, 2009 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The ACC is having somewhat of a down year, but could have a couple interesting games this week. Clemson travels to UNC to face the Tar Heels in a game that features two underacheiving teams, the Tar Heels are getting their core players back every week though. The game to watch is FSU at Miami. This match-up will be centered around 2 big time QB prospects in FSU’s Christian Ponder and Miami’s Jacory Harris. The QB that has the best game will lead his team to a win.

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Jacory Harris  of the Miami Hurricanes passes the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Finally we get to the SEC. Possibly the 2 biggest games of the week are held here, I could probably write that every week. Alabama travels to South Carolina, if the GameCocks can stop the Bama rushing attack they have a very good chance. Ingram rushed for close to 250 yards last year in a 20-6 Tide victory. LSU heads to Gainesville, FL to face the Gators. This game should be a very close low scoring battle because both teams have speed to burn on defense and very shaky offenses.

The PGWU crew will be in and out all day today, so use this as an open thread for any college football discussions you would like to have. No matter what game you are watching, there is always a Draft prospect to keep an eye on!

Written by Jason Madson. Follow on Twitter @isbnJMAD

PGWU Podcast-Week 6


This week we spend a lot of time talking about big games and news in each conference, especially the ACC and SEC.  We also make our picks in the Pregame Warm-Up Pick ‘Em segment and break down a handful of potential pro prospects for the NFL Draft in the “World Famous” Prospect Quick Fire.  Enjoy!


PGWU Podcast: Week 4


This week we discuss the legal troubles at Florida, talk about the big stories in each conference in The Breakdown, make our selections in the PGWU Pick’Em segment and finish the show off with the World Famous Prospect Quick Fire. Enjoy!


Big East Week 4 Preview


Overview: West Virginia had an impressive win against Maryland this weekend as they continue to tune up for their big game this weekend against LSU.  Maryland is coming off of a terrible season but looked decent so far this year so it was a nice win for the Mountaineers.

Connecticut and Cincinnati both looked terrible and have really hurt the credibility of the Big East.  This conference needs solid performances from all their members in order to remain relevant on a national stage.  Both teams really need to step it up for the remainder of the season!

Last but not least we have to give a big hand to Louisville for putting on a good performance against Oregon State.  As far as preseason expectations go Oregon State was suppose to contend for a Pac 10 crown as Louisville was going to be a bottom feeder.  They gave the Beavers a tough fight this weekend and Louisville fans should feel good about the direction Charlie Strong is taking that team.

Standout Players: Geno Smith of West Virginia had the best day of any Big East performer.  He lead his team to a nice victory while going 19-29 for 268 yards and a touchdown.  Smith has proven to be a good passing quarterback and looks to lead the Mountaineers against a tough LSU secondary next week.

Jordan Todman of UConn was the lone bright spot for that team as he rushed for 192 yards and 1 touchdown.  Todman is going to get lost in the shuffle if his team continues to struggle.

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 07:  Jordan Todman #23 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates with Mike Ryan #71 after running for a touchdownl against the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Big East Conference game at Nippert Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Looking Ahead: The conference has two marquee match-ups this week and the outcomes will go along in determining how people perceive this conference.  The top game is #22 West Virginia @ #15 LSU in what is sure to be a great game.  I truly believe that LSU is ripe for the plucking as they shown limited abilities on offense.  Geno Smith is going to have to have a big game against a tough LSU defense that boasts NFL Mocks top rated pro prospect in Patrick Peterson.  I am predicting the upset here for the Mountaineers. The other top game will air Thursday night on ESPN as #19 Miami takes on Pitt.  Pitt desperately needs to pull off the victory here and get a quality out of conference win.  They will be counting on Dion Lewis to return to form and lead them to victory.  Miami is a very talented team and is coming off a disappoint loss to Ohio State so Pitt should expect them to be fully focused and ready to go.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 26:  Dion Lewis #28 of the Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game on December 26, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Another game that means a lot to the conference is North Carolina @ Rutgers.  UNC is still without the majority of their starting defense as they await word from the NCAA regarding their eligibility.  Rutgers has chance to pull off the win and gain some respect for the Big East.

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 12:  Tom Savage #7 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights throws a pass against the South Florida Bulls at Rutgers Stadium on November 12, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

If I was a Cincinnati fan I would hide my eyes this weekend as they take on #7 Oklahoma.  This game will not be pretty.

Written by Jon Dove @NFLMocks on Twitter

Week 4 Power Poll


Every week the writers at Pregame Warm-Up will get together for our top 15 schools, or as we like to call it, the “Power Poll”.  Each individual writer gives their top 15, then we assign the 1st place team 15 points all the way down to the 15th place team with 1 point.  The points are combined and here is how week 4 ended up:

1. Alabama 74 points(4 1st place)   same as last week

2. Ohio State 70 points(1 first place)    same as last week

3. Oregon 65 points   one spot from last week

4. Boise State 61 points   one spot from last week

5. TCU 54 points   one spot from last week

6. Nebraska 46 points   ↑  four spots from last week

7. Oklahoma 45 points   ↓ two spots from last week

8. Arkansas 40 points   ↑  five spots from last week

9. Texas 38 points   ↓  one spot from last week

10. South Carolina 31 points   ↓   one spot from last week

11. Florida 17 points   ↔   same as last week

12. Utah 15 points   ↑   two spots from last week

13. LSU 10 points   ♦  New to the Power Poll

14t. Arizona 9 points   ♦   New to the Power Poll

14t. Wisconsin 9 points  ↓   two spots from last week

Others Receiving Points: Michigan 7 points, Stanford 6 points, Auburn 2 points, West Virginia 1 point

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