||2006 College Bowl Schedule
Published: December 11, 2006, 2:23 am
COMPLETE BOWL SCHEDULE
|Jan. 8||BCS Title||Glendale, Ariz.||FOX||8 p.m.||Ohio State vs. Florida|
|Jan. 7||GMAC||Mobile, Ala.||ESPN||8 p.m.||Southern Miss vs. Ohio|
|Jan. 6||International||Toronto||ESPN||Noon||W. Michigan vs. Cincinnati|
|Jan. 3||Sugar||New Orleans, La.||FOX||8 p.m.||LSU vs. Notre Dame|
|Jan. 2||Orange||Miami, Fla.||FOX||8 p.m.||Wake Forest vs. Louisville|
|Jan. 1||Fiesta||Glendale, Ariz.||FOX||8 p.m.||Oklahoma vs. Boise State|
|Jan. 1||Rose||Pasadena, Calif.||ABC||5 p.m.||Southern Cal. vs. Michigan|
|Jan. 1||Capital One||Orlando, Fla.||ABC||1 p.m.||Arkansas vs. Wisconsin|
|Jan. 1||Gator||Jacksonville, Fla.||CBS||1 p.m.||Georgia Tech vs. W. Virginia|
|Jan. 1||Cotton||Dallas, Tex.||FOX||11:30 a.m.||Nebraska vs. Auburn|
|Jan. 1||Outback||Tampa, Fla.||ESPN||11 a.m.||Penn State vs. Tennessee|
|Dec. 31||MPC Computers||Boise, Idaho||ESPN||7:30 p.m.||Nevada vs. Miami (Fla.)|
|Dec. 30||Chick-fil-A||Atlanta, Ga.||ESPN||8 p.m.||Virginia Tech vs. Georgia|
|Dec. 30||Alamo||San Antonio, Tex.||ESPN||4:30 p.m.||Texas vs. Iowa|
|Dec. 30||Meineke Car Care||Charlotte, N.C.||ESPN2||1 p.m.||Boston College vs. Navy|
|Dec. 29||Champs Sports||Orlando, Fla.||ESPN||8 p.m.||Purdue vs. Maryland|
|Dec. 29||Insight||Phoenix, Ariz.||NFL Net.||7:30 p.m.||Minnesota vs. Texas Tech|
|Dec. 29||Liberty||Memphis, Tenn.||ESPN||4:30 p.m.||Houston vs. South Carolina|
|Dec. 29||Sun||El Paso, Tex.||CBS||2 p.m.||Missouri vs. Oregon State|
|Dec. 29||Music City||Nashville, Tenn.||ESPN||1 p.m.||Kentucky vs. Clemson|
|Dec. 28||Holiday||San Diego, Calif.||ESPN||8 p.m.||Texas A&M vs. California|
|Dec. 28||Texas||Houston, Tex.||NFL Net.||8 p.m.||Rutgers vs. Kansas State|
|Dec. 28||Independence||Shreveport, La.||ESPN||4:30 p.m.||Oklahoma State vs. Alabama|
|Dec. 27||Emerald||San Fran, Calif.||ESPN||8 p.m.||Florida State vs. UCLA|
|Dec. 26||Motor City||Detroit, Mich.||ESPN||7:30 p.m.||C. Michigan vs. Middle Tenn.|
|Dec. 24||Hawaii||Honolulu, Hawaii||ESPN||8 p.m.||Arizona State vs. Hawaii|
|Dec. 23||Armed Forces||Fort Worth, Tex.||ESPN||8 p.m.||Utah vs. Tulsa|
|Dec. 23||Alburquerque, NM||ESPN||4:30 p.m.||New Mexico vs. San Jose St.|
|Dec. 23||PapaJohns.com||Birmingham, Ala.||ESPN2||1 p.m.||East Carolina vs. South Florida|
|Dec. 22||New Orleans||New Orleans, La.||ESPN||8 p.m.||Troy vs. Rice|
|Dec. 21||Las Vegas||Las Vegas, Nev.||ESPN||8 p.m.||Oregon vs. BYU|
|Dec. 19||Poinsettia||San Diego, Calf.||ESPN2||8 p.m.||TCU vs. Northern Illinois|
|Note: All times are Eastern.|
*schedule courtest of CBS Sportsline
Troy Smith brings home the Heisman
Published: December 10, 2006, 2:12 am
No suprise here as Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith brought home the Heisman on Saturday night. Not bad for a guy who nearly blew his career a couple of years ago after accepting money from a university booster.
Troy Smith became the sixth Buckeye to win the prized, Heisman trophy and the first since 1995 (Eddie George, RB). Smith ran away with the voting, receiving 86.7% of the first place votes, a new record.
Darren McFadden (Arkansas, RB) finished second in the voting followed by Brady Quinn (Notre Dame, QB) and Steve Slaton (West Virginia, RB)
by Joe Smart
Published: December 12, 2005, 1:39 pm
The 2005 Regular Season is in the books and now it's time for the Bowl Games. This is the section of the site decicated to bringing you all the college football information and BCS coverage. The No. 1 USC Trojans led by RB Reggie Bush and QB Matt Leinart finished on Top again and are headed for the Orange Bowl to face the No. 2 ranked team Texas Longhorns led by QB Vince Young. Now that the regular season is over, let's take a look at the final rankings of the AP Top 25 Poll:
|1. USC Trojans
||10. LSU Tigers
||19. Boston College Eagles
|2. Texas Longhorns
|11. West Virginia Mountaineers
|20. Michigan Wolverines
|3. Penn State Nittany Lions
|12. Virginia Tech Hokies
|21. Wisconson Badgers
|4. Ohio State Buckeyes
|13. Alabama Crimson Tide
|22. Florida State Seminoles
|5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
||14. TCU Horned Frogs
|23. Clemson Tigers
|6. Oregon Ducks
|15. Louisville Cardinals
|24. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
|7. Auburn Tigers
|16. Florida Gators
|25. Iowa Hawkeyes
|8. Georgia Bulldogs
|17. UCLA Bruins
|9. Miami Hurricanes
|18. Texas Tech Red Raiders
NCAAF 2005 Preseason Rankings
With the 2004 season a distant memory, itís about that time to look ahead to the 2005 season and see whatís in store for us college football fanatics. Too early to tell? Maybe, but with recruiting coming to a close, the NFL declaration date passing, and a plethora of coaching changes, a pretty good diagnosis can be made. This season should be interesting, to say the least
This list is based on returning players, recruiting class, coaching, and anything else I could conjure up while doing my research.
- USC Trojans - I donít think anyone can argue that once again the Trojans are the most complete team in the nation. With Heisman Trophy winning QB Matt Leinart returning for his senior year to the most explosive offense in the game, great things will happen. The only downside is the defense, which lost their best LB to the NFL because of early entry and a few other key players to graduation. With Pete Carroll having a strong recruiting class those empty spots could be filled to full strength by the start of the Ď05 season. Three-peat? We will just have to wait and see.
- Texas Longhorns - The Longhorns have a young offense that finished last year with an impressive win over a strong Michigan team in the Rose Bowl. Behind the legs of QB Vince Young this offense is one of the most versatile in the nation. Texas has a knack for producing strong tailbacks, so the loss of Cedric Benson wont hurt them too much, especially when they have such an athletic bunch of receivers to take the load off the running game. The defense lost All-American Linebacker Derrick Johnson, but will have no problem filling that spot with their recruiting class and underclassmen. If Mack Brown can finally figure out Stoops and beat Oklahoma this year, look for the horns in the National Championship.
- Michigan Wolverines - This Michigan team is young and fast. Last year with freshman QB Chad Henne, the Wolverines made it to the Rose Bowl and suffered a heartbreaker to Texas in one of the most exciting bowl games ever played. With Henne, to be sophomores RB Mike Hart and big play Breaston, the Michigan offense will have no problem moving the ball and coming out with the Big 10 title (if they can get by Iowa).
- Tennessee Volunteers - This Tennessee team is coming into the Ď05
season with arguably the best recruiting class in the nation.
The offense should be very strong and can go point for point
with almost anyone, which they might have to do if the defense doesnít step up their play. With such a strong incoming class and returning players, Tennesseeís defense should get their act together and finish top5 next season.
- Iowa Hawkeyes - Iowa finished last season with a miracle win over Defending Champ LSU in the final seconds. Riding the
momentum they have an amazing class coming in that should help the already potent offense behind QB Drew Tate. With 2 All-American caliber LBís, the defense should be able to hold its own and push this Iowa team in National Title contention.
- Miami Hurricanes - Larry Coker always finds a way to get pure athletes and speed in his recruiting, which he turns into great football players who, in most cases, take it to the next level. Getting the best TE in the country is also a boost for an offense that utilizes the TE like no other, and should be better off without Brock Berlin. The Miami defense is always top in the country, only losing All-American Rolle to the NFL. Never count Miami out of National Title contention.
- Virginia Tech - Frank Beamer never disappoints the fans in Blacksburg and this year should be no different. With everyone returning except ACC player of the year Bryan Randall, the Hokies will only get stronger. Marcus Vick. Marcus Vick. Marcus Vick. This year we will finally get to see what everyone has been waiting for, Mike Vicks little brother who is said to be just as good if not better than his older brother. If he can get his problems behind him and start thinking about football again, this offense could be as dangerous as any.
- Ohio State - With the Athletic Director leaving and the dark clouds from Maurice Clarett over their heads, can The OSU come back strong? Well, if anyone can lift those clouds it is Ted Ginn
Jr. His explosiveness and playmaker ability make him one of the
most, if not the most, dangerous players in the nation. The defense is still as strong and disruptive as last years, the only problem is the offense needs to score touchdowns. They cant rely on the K Nugent anymore, they need to produce points on their own if they want to compete for the Big 10 title.
- LSU Tigers - Nick Saban going to the NFL will not hurt LSU as much as many might think. Les Miles is a great coach and is coming to an LSU team with more raw talent and speed than any team in the country. The interior defensive line is strong, and the LBís and DBís are as fast as they come. JaMarcus Russell should have a solid year, mainly because of his supporting cast. His receiving core is the fastest in college football, hands down. This LSU team wonít miss a beat from this coaching change and should put up a fight for the SEC title.
- Florida Gators - Another coaching change, for the better? Absolutely. Urban Meyer is a great coach, especially when he starts at a program with a lot of talent, like Florida. Chris Leak has the potential to be one of the best, his work ethic and preparation are like no other QB in college football. With DeShawn Wynn in the backfield and Dallas Baker and Andre Caldwell as wideouts, the offense will be the strong. Losing Channing Crowder to the proís is tough loss, but Urban will be able to fill that position to the fullest by the start of the season and will do good things with this Florida team.
- Oklahoma Sooners - Look past the beat down that took place in the Orange Bowl and Oklahoma is a contender year in and year out with a great coach in Stoops. Adrian Peterson can carry the offense only so far; they need help at the QB spot. The Oklahoma defense will be as good as always, which should help them stay in most games. If Oklahoma can get it together on offense they should be a top
- Georgia Bulldogs - Even with the loss of David Greene and Fred Gibson, the offense should still be able to hold its own. The Bulldogs have as much talent in the backfield as anyone in the nation, and DJ Shockley is a threat at the QB position. If he can come into his own and throw the ball well Georgia should compete in the SEC. The defense has a lot of rebuilding to do, and if they can get it done Georgia should pick up where it left off last year.
- Arizona State Sun Devils - After a great Ď04 season the Sun Devils will be back in top notch form. They have 10 returning starters on offense, so its up to the defense to predict how far this Arizona State team can go.
- Florida State Seminoles - Bowdens Bunch is coming off a bad year (FSU standards) with 3 losses and is looking to rebound. They will be better off without Chris Rix for the upcoming season and will continue to have a strong running game and an in-your-face defense. If the offense can keep it together FSU will be in competition come bowl time.
- Texas A&M Aggies - Behind standout QB Reggie McNeal and coach Franchione, the Aggies should have a top 15 finish in the next season.
- Louisville Cardinals - Besides losingtop-quality QB Stefan LeFors and leading rusher Eric Shelton, the Cardinals have enough talented players to compete for the Big East title.
- Auburn Tigers - Jason Campbell, Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown, Carlos Rogers. Four All-American/Quality players lost after the end of last season. They still have strong offensive and defensive fronts to go with speedy linebackers and running backs. Donít count the tigers out too soon, if they can recover from the losses at QB and RB then they could break the top fifteen.
- Iowa State Cyclones - With Iowa States strong defense returning 10
starters and one of the most dangerous Quarterback-Receiver combos in the nation in the offense, they should have an excellent season.
- Alabama Crimson Tide - Eight returning starters form last years defense are back. If Brodie Croyle can recover well from his knee-injury then the offense will be set and the team complete.
- Virginia Cavaliers - Virginia has a good recruiting class coming in trying to fill the spots of the skill players they lost at the end of last season. If the Cavs can fill those spots and play as a team, the only problem left could be the offensive play calling.
- California Golden Bears - Cal lost too many starters to be able to compete in the level of play they did last year. Although they do have a good runner in Marshawn Lynch, donít expect too much from this seasons Cal team.
- Texas Tech Red Raiders - Even though Heisman-candidate QB, BJ Symons, has graduated, head coach, Mike Leach will continue to lead one of the most prolific passing offenses in the Nation, tearing up opposing defenses...but an offense can only take a team so far.
- UCLA Bruins - QB Drew Olsen has been around long enough to know how to command the offense, and with a Linebacker tandem like they have I wouldnít be surprised to see them crack top 25.
- Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - One of the nations best defenses? Yes, with 10 returning starters it should continue its dominance from last season. Reggie Ball and Calvin Johnson will be commanding the offense and if they can stay consistent throughout the season GT will be much higher than 24.
- Notre Dame Fighting Irish - OK, Iím going out on a limb here by putting them in the Top 25, but its hard not to. Charlie Weiss? I am from New England, so I guess you can call it a bias that I put them in this spot. After a great freshman year by QB Brady Quinn and RB Darius Walker they should have a lot of confidence going into this next season. It all depends on the defense, which has disappointed to say the least the past few years.
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