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  • Blog Post: Bowl Journal (Dec 28)

    The season's first five bowl games all went over the point total with individual games averaging 66.8 PPG and surpassing the total on average by 12.6 points per contest. The Hawaii Bowl was the first game to stay under, as SMU's 45-10 win over Nevada stayed just more than two TDs under the closing...
  • Blog Post: Bowl Journal (Dec 23)

    They are called minor bowls for a reason. The bowl schedule now features 34 games which means 64 schools are participating. With that many bowl openings, there almost has to be, by very definition, room for some schools which would qualify for the "cash for clunkers" program. Wyoming was...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Watch (Tuesday, October 26)

    Alabama entered the 2010 season as the defending national champs and the consensus No. 1 team in the country. The Tide extended its winning streak to 19 games but lost at South Carolina 35-21 back on October 9. Ohio State, winners of 12 in a row, took over the No. 1 spot when the new polls came out the...
  • Blog Post: College Football 2010: Roll Tide?

    Nick Saban's Alabama team of 2008 entered its SEC championship game showdown with Florida ranked No. 1 in the nation sporting a 12-0 record but as 10-point underdogs to then-No. 2 Florida. The oddsmakers, not the polls, had it right as the Gators won 31-20. Florida would advance from there to beat...
  • Blog Post: Bowl Journal (Jan 4)

    The current bowl season really 'heated up' this past weekend with five games apiece on Thursday (Dec 31), Friday (Jan 1) and Saturday (Jan 2), before yielding to the NFL's final Sunday of the regular season. The 2009-10 bowl season concludes with a battle of unbeatens in the Fiesta Bowl ...
  • Blog Post: College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 12

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 12 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) GRAHAM HARRELL (Texas Tech) Last Week: 1. Texas Tech followed its dramatic 39-33 win over Texas on November 1 with a convincing 56-20 win over Oklahoma State on 11/8 in Lubbock. Like his predecessors at Texas Tech...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Watch (Tuesday, October 19)

    The nation's top-ranked team lost for the second straight Saturday (Alabama on Oct 10 and Ohio State on Oct 17), sending more than few 'shockwaves' through the polls. The 2010 Heisman 'race' has felt a few 'rattles' as well and my latest Heisman report follows. 1) KELLEN...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Trophy (12/1)

    The 2009 Heisman race was never expected to include more than three players, 2008 winner Sam Bradford, 2008 runner-up Colt McCoy and 2007 winner Tim Tebow (Tebow also received more first-place votes in 2008 than either Bradford or McCoy). Bradford basically dropped out on the season's first Saturday...
  • Blog Post: Bowl Journal (Dec 30)

    Monday's Independence Bowl featured Georgia playing Texas A&M. The game was scoreless until the late second quarter when the Aggies took a 7-0 lead. However, Brandon Boykin returned the ensuing KO 81 yards for a TD, setting a school record with three KO return TDs this year, while tying the SEC...
  • Blog Post: 2010 Heisman Preview

    I've always loved the Heisman, as in spite of all its warts and blemishes, it remains the most recognized and arguably the most-cherished individual award in any sport. I began doing a weekly Heisman top-10 on my nationally-syndicated radio show ("Bally's Sports Central") in the early...
  • Blog Post: CFB Notes (Heisman / Championship Games)

    Raise your hand if anyone even remotely understands the current ruling handed down by the NCAA regarding Cam Newton’s eligibility. Here’s how the story unfolded this week. Auburn declared Newton ineligible on Monday (who heard about it?) but also immediately applied to the NCAA to have him reinstated...
  • Blog Post: College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 8

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 8 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) COLT MCCOY (Texas) Last Week: 3. Just two weeks ago, the Longhorns were No. 5 in the AP poll but consecutive wins over Oklahoma 45-35 and Missouri 56-31 have seen the Longhorns become the nation's unquestioned...
  • Blog Post: CFB Notes (Week 5)

    The first month of the 2010 CFB season closes with Thursday night's Big 12 showdown between Texas A&M and Oklahoma State. Both schools enter undefeated, two of 25 such schools. The AP's preseason top-three remain the same in the most recent poll (9/26). Alabama is a solid No. 1, followed...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Watch (Monday, November 8)

    Nine of last week's BCS top-25 teams went down to defeat this past weekend, although the top-four won 53-16 (Oregon), 62-24 (Auburn), 47-7 (TCU) and 42-7 (Boise St). Oregon remained No. 1 for the second straight week in the BCS standings and Auburn No. 2 but both schools control their own destiny...
  • Blog Post: College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 6

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 6 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) CHASE DANIEL (Missouri) Last Week: 1. The Tigers ended two long road losing streaks on their march to the Big 12 North title last year, winning at Colorado for the first time since 1997 and at Kansas State for...
  • Blog Post: 2011-12 Bowl Season Preview (Part I)

    Boise State coach Chris Petersen unleashed his frustration with the BCS on Monday. His 11-1 Broncos finished No. 7 in the final BCS standings but were left out of all five of the BCS Bowls (national championship game plus the Fiesta, Orange, Rose and Sugar Bowls). "Everybody is just very tired of...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Watch (9/21)

    The 2009 college football season began with both the 2007 winner (Tim Tebow) and the 2008 winner (Sam Bradford) active. That had never happened before. Add in last year's runner-up, Colt McCoy of Texas, and it was hard to imagine anyone from outside of this "Big Three' winning the 2009 Heisman...
  • Blog Post: Bowl Journal (Part 1)

    More than three weeks before Auburn and Oregon will play in Glendale, Arizona in the BCS national championship game on January 10, 2011, the 2010-11 bowl season kicked off this past Saturday. I'll have much more on the Auburn/Oregon matchup in future Bowl Journals but let me point out that Oregon...
  • Blog Post: Heisman Watch (September, 13)

    If one had to vote on the Heisman today, clearly Michigan QB Denard Robinson would be the easy winner. However, were are not voting today and much like with the AP and Coaches' polls, players (like schools in the polls), don't get to jump to the "head of the class" after two weeks....
  • Blog Post: Heisman Watch (Oct 19)

    The 2009 season began with all three of last year's Heisman top vote-getters active. Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) was the '08 winner, Colt McCoy (Texas) was the runner-up and Tim Tebow (Florida) finished third but garnered the most first-place votes (not to mention being the '07 Heisman winner...
  • Blog Post: College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 7

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 7 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) SAM BRADFORD (Oklahoma) Last Week: 2. Oklahoma and Texas combined for 80 points, breaking the record for most points in the 103 games of this rivalry. The bad news for the Sooners however, was that they scored...
  • Blog Post: College Football Picks: 2008 Heisman Top 10 rankings after Week 13

    2008 Heisman Trophy Top 10 Update after Week 13 By Larry Ness Pregame Pros Handicapper 1) SAM BRADFORD (Oklahoma) Last Week: 2. This past Saturday night in Norman, Oklahoma's Bradford threw 19 passes while Texas Tech's Harrell attempted 55 and as the saying goes, "less is more!" Saturday's...
  • Blog Post: College Football 2010 Kick-Off (Part 2):

    The 2010 college football season got underway Thursday night with four ranked teams taking the field. No. 2 Ohio State had little trouble with Marshall, beating them 45-7 in Columbus. Terrelle Pryor opened his Heisman 'campaign' by completing 17 of 25 passes for 247 yards and three TDs (one of...
  • Blog Post: HEISMAN WATCH (Mon. Sept. 7) by Larry Ness

    I began doing a weekly Heisman top-10 on my nationally-syndicated radio show ("Bally's Sports Central") in the early to mid-90s and have continued it on the internet since. I've got a few changes this year, as my Heisman Watch will not include 10 player but rather just five and then...
  • Blog Post: CFB Notes (Army/Navy and the Heisman)

    The final regular season game of the 2010 college football season is set for 2:30 ET from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. It's the 111th meeting between Army and Navy, a series which began in 1890 (wasn't there for that one). Army has lost eight straight contests to Navy, getting outscored...