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College Football Poll Through Nov 1

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.


LaMichael James has Oregon #1 in the county.


  1. Oregon (4)
  2. Auburn
  3. Alabama +3
  4. TCU
  5. Boise St -2
  6. Nebraska +6
  7. Utah +1
  8. Ohio St +5
  9. Oklahoma +1
  10. Wisconsin -1
  11. Missouri -6
  12. Stanford +1
  13. LSU +1
  14. *Iowa

* Not ranked in previous poll.
+/- How many spots they moved up or down since previous poll.
(x) Number of first place votes.

If you think we’ve messed this whole thing up, then let us know in the comments what your top 14 looks like.


Heisman Candidate LaMichael James Through Week 8

LaMichael James - Heisman Candidate

We are 8 weeks into the College Football season and LaMichael James is the lone running back in the Heisman race. Previous Heisman winner Mark Ingram was discussed as a possible candidate, until the last few weeks. James however has continued to rack up monster stats as he’s moved higher and higher up the board. LaMichael James has been nothing short of impressive this year and very comparable to Ingram’s stats from his Heisman winning season last year. Lets take a second to compare how James’ numbers so far this year stack up against Ingram’s through 8 weeks in 2009.

Through 8 Weeks -GP – Att – Rush Yds – Rush Avg – TD –
Mark Ingran (2009) 8 153 1004 6.6 8
LaMichael James (2010) 6 134 971 7.2 11
Heisman Season and 2010 Projected -GP – Att – Rush Yds – Rush Avg – TD –
Mark Ingram 2009 271 1658 6.1 17
LaMichael James 2010 (Proj) 230 1665 7.2 19

As you can see LaMichael James’ stats at this point of the season are better then Mark Ingram’s were 8 weeks into his Heisman winning season. Even with James playing two less games then Ingram did at this point of the season. So of course James projects to have better numbers in every major statistical category then Ingram did when he won the Heisman Trophy. LaMichael James still has some tough games left on the schedule. Including an away game against USC this weekend. If James can continue his dominance he’ll give Cam Newton a run for his money in the Heisman race this year.

– Jacob –

College Football Heisman Candidates Through Week 7

1. Cam Newton (38) There is really no way to dispute Newton’s presence at the top of the Heisman race after seven weeks of college football. He did whatever he wanted on Saturday against what was considered on Friday to be a very competent Arkansas defense. With the way Auburn’s entire offense runs through him, if the Tigers win out he’ll be as sure a thing as you can be to bring home the hardware in December.

2. LaMichael James (34) – James and his Oregon teammates were on bye last week, but his team’s ranking improved as a result of Wisconsin’s win over the Buckeyes. Like Newton, James’ chances are fully invested in his teams’ continued dominance, but this probably applies to James even more because he doesn’t have the luxury of handling the ball on every offensive play.

3. Kellen Moore (24) – Another week, another super-efficient performance by the under-hyped Moore. The Bronco’s QB went 14-16 for 231 yards and two touchdowns against San Diego State. But again, unless Boise State earns a berth in the BCS Championship, Moore’s chances of winning are slim to none because his teams’ weak schedule hurts him just as much as it hurts them.

4. Andrew Luck (16) – Stanford was on bye this past week as well, but Luck left everyone with a great performance in a late-game victory over USC in week five to remember. If the Cardinal can keep winning, Luck has an outside shot, but he may not have enough opportunities on national TV to make his case when it comes down to it.

5. Denard Robinson (8) – The season’s #1 Heisman contender fell from grace this week after a second straight game in which he failed to put up the eye-popping numbers the nation had come accustomed to over the first five weeks. It was also the second time this season that Shoelace was forced out of the game early without making a return. Michigan still has three or four national TV games left on its though. So, of the last three guys on this list, Robinson is the one who I think can get back in the real discussion because his statistical potential is insane enough to overcome 3-4 losses by his team.

1. Cam Newton
2. LaMichael James
3. Kellen Moore
4. Andrew Luck
5. Denard Robinson

1. Cam Newton
2. LaMichael James
3. Kellen Moore
4. Andrew Luck
5. Denard Robinson

1. LaMichael James
2. Cam Newton
3. Kellen Moore
4. Andrew Luck
5. Denard Robinson

1. Cam Newton
2. LaMichael James
3. Kellen Moore
4. Andrew Luck
5. Denard Robinson

You can check out our Heisman Candidate voting from last week.

LaMichael James – A Heisman Candidate

The Heisman race is starting to heat up and there are only two running backs who seem like legit contenders at this point. Oregon’s LaMichael James and Alabama’s Mark Ingram. Expect James to make a real push to the top 5 if he continues what he’s done so far this year. What’s interesting is James is projected to have a better season then Ingram did last year when Ingram won the Heisman trophy.

Of course its not just about the stats. Players are expected to win and win big games. So far Oregon’s LaMichael James is doing both. Just take a look at the stats James has piled up so far and how they project across the entire season.

Through 5 Weeks of the 2010 Season -GP – Att – Rush Yds – Rush Avg – TD –
Mark Ingran 3 83 487 5.9 3
LaMichael James 4 89 712 8.0 7
Heisman Season and 2010 Projected -GP – Att – Rush Yds – Rush Avg – TD –
Mark Ingram 2009 271 1658 6.1 17
LaMichael James 2010 (Proj) 214 1709 8.0 17

If LaMichael James can continue his success and if Oregon can continue their success then expect James to catapult towards the top of the Heisman race. Although James may be playing for second place if Michigan’s Denard Robinson keeps racking up stats the rest of the season. LaMichael James sits *3rd in the Illegal Shift Heisman Poll through 5 weeks.

*Currently I have James ranked 6th in the Heisman race. If he plays well through October with televised games against UCLA & USC I would easily put him in one of the top 2 spots.

Heisman Trophy Candidates Through Week 5

Illegal Shift Heisman Poll – Week 5

1. Denard Robinson (4) – 40 pts
Robinson notched his second 200/200 game of the young season passing for 277 yards and 3 scores and running for 217 yards and 2 more TDs on only 19 carries (11.4 ypc). On his first touch of the game, he took a QB draw 73 yards to the house. Oh yeah, and he also led the Michigan offense on a game-winning 77-yard TD drive in the final minute of the game…again. Guy is a complete freak show.

2. Terrelle Pryor – 26 pts
Pryor went down and into the locker room with an apparently minor injury, but still scored twice through the air and ran for over 100 yards on 11 carries (9.5 ypc). A mere 76 yards passing and one interception made it a pretty pedestrian performance though, all things considered. Still, if the Buckeyes can avoid being upset, Pryor will continue to remain in the mix all the way to NYC.

3(Tie). Kellen Moore – 16 pts
Moore tossed three touchdown passes and 196 yards while completing over 70% of his passes against over-matched New Mexico State. The touchdowns were nice, but he could have used some additional yardage considering the competition. And with Oregon jumping the Broncos in the latest rankings – making Boise State’s inclusion in the BSC championship game even less likely – Moore’s chances to win the prize took a decent hit.

3(Tie). LaMichael James – 16 pts
James had a monster game in what was by far Oregon’s biggest match-up of the season to date, rushing for 257 yards on 31 carries (8.3 ypc). The win was a huge one for Oregon, who used it to vault to #3 in the country and one Alabama/Ohio State loss from controlling its own destiny for the national title. If Oregon Keeps winning, James will be a very legitimate threat.

5(Tie). Cam Newton – 10 pts
Newton, like Moore, played a total cupcake and probably lost out on some stat-padding because of the blowout that ensued. Still, Newton threw for 245 yards to go along with three touchdowns and one interception. Newton has been sort of like a “poor man’s” Denard Robinson so far this season, but he could close the gap if Auburn pulls off some big wins against Arkansas and Alabama later in the season.

5(Tie). Mark Ingram – 10 pts
Ingram only carried the ball 12 times in the big tilt against Florida for 47 yards (4 ypc). He did have two touchdowns – the first two of the game – to spruce up an otherwise underwhelming game, but given the rest of the talent on Alabama’s offense, Ingram’s gong to need more than 12 carries to have a chance to go back to back.

Edwards Cook Thompson Warzecha
10pts Denard Robinson Denard Robinson Denard Robinson Denard Robinson
8pts Terrelle Pryor Terrelle Pryor LaMichael James LaMichael James
6pts Kellen Moore Patrick Peterson Kellen Moore Cam Newton
4pts Mark Ingram Kellen Moore Terrelle Pryor Mark Ingram
2pts Cam Newton Cam Newton Mark Ingram Terrelle Pryor
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