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The four of us (Edwards, Cook, Thompson & Warzecha) who contribute to this blog decided to put together our own College Football poll. We started by each filling out who we think are the top 14 teams. Then we took those results and mashed em together to create the official Illegal Shift College Football Poll.
If you think we’ve messed this whole thing up, then let us know in the comments what your top 14 looks like.
The Cam Newton train just keeps rolling. Newton pulled a new trick out of his Heisman bag with a touchdown reception along with two passing touchdowns against Ole Miss. As the stats keep piling up, it will take a major letdown for the Auburn QB to not take the prestigious trophy come December.
If you read this blog, then you already know that we love James. His stats compare very favorably to Mark Ingram’s Heisman winning numbers from last year. Unfortunately, he’s up against the ridiculous season of Newton. But this could definitely help his cause – 239 yards, 3 tds. Those are James’ stats against USC last Saturday giving him his third 200-yard game of the season. Unreal.
In a weird twist, Moore was able to put up the same touchdown combination as Newton. However, I think we can all agree that it wasn’t quite as exciting. Moore continues to put up good stats and keep his team in the hunt to bust the BCS. Unless he starts putting up even bigger stats, Moore will be giving a congratulatory handshake to Newton or James in NYC.
Luck didn’t have a huge game but against an average Washington team that wasn’t required. One thing to note though was his rushing yards. Luck racked up 91 yards and a touchdown on the ground. His mobility and strong arm have him firmly in the race for the third spot with Moore. If Stanford wins the Pac-10 and Luck continues to outpace Moore in key passing stats, look for him to own the third spot behind Newton and James, respectively.
Mr. Robinson makes his return to the top five after a great performance against Penn State. Unfortunately, Michigan’s defense can’t make the same claim. Shoelace put up 380 total yards and 4 touchdowns in the loss. His play continues to keep him in the Heisman conversation and while he probably won’t take him the coveted prize, he will definitely finish the season with his name to several records.
Sure, Arkansas’ chances of winning either an SEC or national title are now nothing more than a fading memory. And heck, the Razorbacks aren’t even playing a game in front of their fans on Saturday. Still, this weekend should be of the absolute, utmost importance to Hog fans.
The Razorbacks are still very much in play for their first-ever BCS bowl appearance. That may be hard to believe for some, but it is an absolute fact. Here is the simple scenario that would result in the Hogs recieving their first BCS bid in the infamous system’s 13-year reign over the college football landscape:
It’s honestly that simple, and relatively foreseeable. The above scenario results in Arkansas ending the season with a 10-2 record, good for 2nd place in the SEC West (and, really, the 2nd best record in the whole conference). With Auburn’s then-certain inclusion in the BCS National Championship game, the BCS will, without a doubt, extend an at-large bid to another SEC team. Here’s the group they will be looking at:
South Carolina, like so many SEC Championship Game losers of the past would be overlooked, and given that Arkansas would have beaten LSU head-to-head in the last game of the season, Arkansas would get the nod over the Tigers. It should also not be overlooked that the BCS brain-trust is smart, and knows that the rabid Razorback fan base would show up in droves for the Hogs’ first ever BCS appearance – especially if they were to get placed in the Sugar Bowl.
So there you have it. While there are several moving parts to this scenario, would any of them, individually, really even cause you to raise both eyebrows? Not me. The two biggest hurdles need to be cleared this weekend, and if they are, this scenario almost begins to look more likely than not.
And for just a single, painful but necessary weekend…Geaux Tigers!
By now most of us have realized that we did an awful job during our fantasy football draft. Of course at the time, we thought we had a championship team and the championship was a lock. The football season is about half way over, which makes for a good time to look back and see who we drafted, and who we should have drafted.
Fantasy Points: 79
Projected Rank: 47
Actual Rank: 151
Drafted: 7th Round
Fantasy Points: 53
Projected Rank: 8
Actual Rank: 122
Drafted: 2nd Round
Fantasy Points: 44
Projected Rank: 9
Actual Rank: 159
Drafted: 2nd Round
Steve Smith (CAR)
Fantasy Points: 45
Projected Rank: 34
Actual Rank: 177
Drafted: 5th Round
Fantasy Points: 44
Projected Rank: 85
Actual Rank: 163
Drafted: 8th Round
Fantasy Points: 20
Projected Rank: 100
Actual Rank: 225
Drafted: 9th Round
Fantasy Points: 219
Projected Rank: 136
Actual Rank: 8
Drafted: 17th Round
Fantasy Points: 139
Projected Rank: 117
Actual Rank: 6
Drafted: 12th round
Fantasy Points: 112
Projected Rank: 256
Actual Rank: 19
Drafted: 15th Round
Fantasy Points: 113
Projected Rank: 262
Actual Rank: 11
Projected Rank: 265
Actual Rank: 52
Fantasy Points: 76
Projected Rank: 157
Actual Rank: 37
1. LaGarrette Blount (18.5%) – If you didn’t want to listen to me last week, I bet you’re listening now. 22 carries for 120 yards and two touchdowns. If you ignored our sage advice, I almost hope that it’s too late now. Sometimes tough love is the only way.
2. Mike Tolbert (61%) – He’s owned in more than half of leagues, but the number has declined in the last couple weeks big time. And rightfully so. But On Sunday he the Chargers went back to basically an even-split time share with Tolbert and Ryan Matthews. Of course, Tolbert claimed the lone rushing TD. He’ll be a TD-vulture on his worst week and a guy who gets close to 20 touches on his best week. Definite value.
3. Danny Woodhead (31.5%) – I’m sorry, but the Patriots are using this little guy more than I can ever remember them using Kevin Faulk. He’s in on way more than just 3rd downs and he’s good. He scored another TD (his 3rd in 5 games) on Sunday and he had 11 touches for more than 50 yards. Even better, you can play him at RB or WR. This guy is a valuable bench player that should be owned in pretty much all leagues.
4. Darrius Heyward-Bey (1.1%) – Where did that come from? After being nearly invisible since being drafted way too early in 2009, Heyward-Bey went nuts yesterday with over 100 yards receiving and a TD. His 9 targets were almost triple the amount of the next closest pass catcher. Jason Campbell may have just awoken a #1 NFL WR…
5. Robert Meachem (60.1%) – Like Tolbert, Meachum is owned in good amount of leagues already, but he really looks poised for another nice 2nd half. He’s officially displaced Devery Henderson as the Saints’ 3rd WR and has been getting a lot of attention from Drew Brees the past three weeks. Last night he led the Saints in receptions and yards, and he caught every pass Brees tossed his way.
1. Roscoe Parrish (0.9%) – Parish really stood out in Buffalo’s game against KC. They were using him on reverses in the running game, and he was targeted 8 times in the passing game. If you;re in a league where return yards count, keep tabs on this guy going forward.
2. Jerricho Cotchery (10.1%) – There wasn’t much offense between the Jets and Packers yesterday, but Cotchery – who has had a couple nice games – garnered a team-high 13 targets in the game. LT was the 2nd most-targeted Jet, with 7.
3. Kevin Smith (30.6%) – Smith carries the ball just as many times as Jahvid Best did yesterday. This may be because Best has a bit of a turf toe issue, but that is definitely an uptick in Detroit’s usage of Smith.
4. Keiland Williams (0.9%) – Ryan Torain left the game with a strained hammy. No confirmation that it is serious or anything, and the Redskins do have a bye week this week, but if you hear Torain’s strain was serious, this is the guy who will get the carries in DC.
5. Nate Burleson (27.4%) – Man the Lions offense looks a lot better with Stafford behind center. Yeah, Calvin Johnson is the beast on the team, but Burleson is definitely the #2 WR on a team that will be passing plenty. Yesterday he had 7 catches off of 9 targets from Stafford.