College football fans, how we doing today? That was an excellent last weekend of the regular season. Rivalry week certainly lived up to its hype.
The Game: Michigan vs #3 Ohio
StateGoing into the game, no one had Michigan even in this game. We’d lost to Penn State, MSU, Iowa (IOWA!?) and Nebraska; looked awful in wins against Akron and UConn; and just squeaked past Northwestern. The offensive line could not stop a second grader, Devin Gardner isn’t the most prolific QB, we don’t have a running game and our kicker was hurt this week during practice. EVERYTHING was against Michigan, but this is THE GAME. Michigan held their own for all 60 mins. I would have to say it was the team’s most complete game of the season as everything seemed to come together. When a player made an individual mistake, his team mates were there to pick him up. When the defense faltered, the offense answered. Devin Gardner was by far the player of the game. He wanted that game badly. He was shouting at his team mates, motivating and holding them accountable. And oh yeah, he hurt his legs! Final score 42-41. Michigan faithful have hope and Ohio survived a scare.
Iron Bowl: #4 Auburn vs #1 Alabama
Typical SEC showdown. All the marbles on the line – chance to make it to the SEC championship game, perhaps a national championship. As an SEC-hater, I did not pay too much attention to this game, but as a college football fan, I had to turn it on in the 4th quarter. The game was tight throughout. The final seconds were great – Alabama threw the ball, player may or may not have gotten out of bounds with 1 second left. The refs gave ‘Bama the second. All during the review, the announcers were saying that Bama would be in trouble if the game went into OT because the kicker was anything but automatic. Yet, when Alabama lined up for the last play, they were in kick formation. Of course, the field goal missed, but what happened next made the game an instant classic and will probably rank as one of the best finishes in football (maybe sports history). Auburn lined up a player on the end line of the end zone. Chris Davis fielded it at that point and took it 100 yards (NCAA does not account for how deep he was in the end zone, but it was actually 110 yards) to win the game for Auburn. WHAT.A.FINISH!
The most interesting conference championships are in the SEC, ACC and BigTen.
ACC: Lets assume for a second that FSU beats Duke – no one in their right mind will pick Dude, though I am a giant fan of upsets and would be estatic if Duke won – they are a great story this year. FSU finishes undefeated and rightfully goes to the BCS championship game. No one argues that.
BCS Championship: FSU vs TBD
Now, the rest is where it gets hairy. Let’s start with
SEC: The match-up is #3 Auburn vs #5 Missouri. I think Auburn will be the favorite. If Auburn wins, do they deserve to go as a 1-loss SEC team? I think so. They had a tougher schedule and beat more notable teams.
BCS Championship: FSU vs Auburn
If Missouri wins, then I think it comes down to what happens in the B1G.
BCS Championship: FSU vs TBD
BigTen: I think the world is not even considering this game. Everyone assumes that OSU will stop all over MSU, but as a B1G follower, I caution it. OSU is thinking towards a possible national championship. MSU has waited so long for an opportunity to go to Pasadena (longer than I have been alive) and will throw everything at OSU. MSU has an excellent run defense (OSU’s strength is the run) and Connor Cook has come on strong as a QB. This will be closer than the experts think and I would not at all be shocked if MSU won. Oh, and then there is the added complexity with the possible suspensions being handed down by the BiigTen for Ohio players.
I already said that if Auburn wins the SEC, they get FSU in the championship, no matter how this game goes. So, lets say Mizzu wins
BCS Championship: If Ohio wins, FSU-OSU
If Michigan State wins, Ummmmmmmmmmmm *head explodes*
Then to throw a wrench in things, what if Duke pulls the major upset, Missouri beats Auburn and Michigan State beats Ohio!? If that happens, college football is just going to end! WOW.
There is so much to look forward to and watch for next weekend!
Finally, the other thing that happens at the end of the college football season is the Heisman Trophy being awarded. I am pretty tired of the young QBs winning it (SEE: Tim Tebow, Johnny Manzel). I think the best player on the field this year has been Jameis Winston (FR. QB FSU). The Heisman trust will likely be hesitant with him because of his off the field issues and the trophy has been tainted in the past with Reggie Bush and Johnny Football. But who is behind Winston?
Johnny Football (SO QB TAM): his stock dropped dramatically with the losses and I think people have a genuine dislike of him for how he carries himself. I think he is off the list and does not get invited
Marcus Mariota (SO QB ORE): like Manziel, his stock dropped with the losses and the injury. Also, the west coast does not get much love. He does not get invited either.
AJ McCarron (SR QB ALA): I sound like a broken record – his game last night lowered his chances – he did not have a great game and was outplayed by Auburn. He gets invited, but does not win it.
Aaron Murray (SR QB GA): With his injury last week, he was knocked out of contention. Leading up to last week, he was probably #4 or #5 anyway.
So who else can we consider? Like I said, I am pretty tired of the young QBs winning it, so here are my picks:
Jordan Lynch (SR QB N-ILL): How can I pick a player from the MAC? The Heisman trophy goes to a player that his team could not do without. Lynch will have his team playing in their second straight BCS game, holds some ridiculous records and is their team. Because he is from the MAC, he does not get much TV time, but I think he still needs to be invited
Andre Williams (SR RB BC): The only non-QB on the list, I only found out about him yesterday watching GameDay. He has great stats, and had he not gotten hurt in the 3rd quarter yesterday, would probably be a strong #2.
Who do I invite to New York? Jameis Winston, Jordan Lynch and Andre Williams. Who do I award the trophy to? Lynch, just because of Winston’s off-field problems.
Enjoy the last week of football. I know I will!