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College football polls, AP Top 25

College football rankings are in for the week. With a bunch more games in the books, the AP top ten hasn’t changed drastically over the past few weeks since week one.

With a solid 3-0 start, Arkansas did manage to make it into the Top Ten, taking over the No. 10 spot with Iowa (2-1) dropping down to the No. 18 spot.

It appears several voters are falling out of love with Boise State. After receiving 8 first-place votes two weeks ago, the Broncos managed just a single vote for the No. 1 spot while maintaining their No. 3 ranking behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 “The” Ohio State.

The Big Ten and SEC were each represented with six teams in the Top 25 with Alabama, Florida and Arkansas actually occupying top ten spots.

Here’s a brief rundown on the top few in the poll, followed by the list of all Top 25 teams.

No. 1 Alabama – 53 first-place votes and 1,492 points.

No. 2 Ohio State – 5 first-place votes and 1,435 points.

No. 3 Boise State – 1 first-place vote and 1,334 points

As mentioned earlier, the SEC had strong representation in the AP Top 25 with Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, LSU, Auburn, and South Carolina making it to the list.

The Big Ten is represented by Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State. (Nebraska who is joining the Big Ten next season is ranked No. 6)

Associated Press Top 25

  1. Alabama (53) 3-0
  2. Ohio State (5) 3-0
  3. Boise State (1) 3-0
  4. TCU 3-0
  5. Oregon (3-0)
  6. Nebraska (3-0)
  7. Texas (1) 3-0
  8. Oklahoma (3-0)
  9. Florida (3-0)
  10. Arkansas (3-0)
  11. Wisconsin (3-0)
  12. South Carolina (3-0)
  13. Utah (3-0)
  14. Arizona (3-0)
  15. LSU (3-0)
  16. Stanford (3-0)
  17. Auburn (3-0)
  18. Iowa (2-1)
  19. Miami (FL) (1-1)
  20. USC (3-0)
  21. Michigan (3-0)
  22. West Virginia (3-0)
  23. Penn State (2-1)
  24. Oregon State (1-1)
  25. Michigan State (3-0)

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NCAA football week one standouts

The first week of college football is in the books and although many of the Top 25 teams played as expected, a few  games and players stood out.

One of the statement makers were the No. 11 Oregon Ducks. Although the Ducks were expected to win their game against New Mexico Saturday night, no one could have predicted the slaughter that ensued.

Collectively the Ducks put up 720 yards of total offense (a school-record) and took New Mexico to school, 72-0. This victory marked the starting debut for Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas who threw for 220 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Although Thomas ended up with some impressive numbers, the real star of the game was Oregon’s backup RB, Kenjon Barner. With the starting running back suspended for a game, Kenjon got the chance to line up with the first string, and boy did he ever play. The speedster took advantage of the opportunity and rushed for a career-high 147 yards, scored four rushing touchdowns and took another to the house to end the day with five TDs–all in the FIRST HALF!

Talk about making a statement.

Another guy taking snaps who’s making a strong his case is Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder. While Barner is working his way up the roster, Ponder is working his way up the Heisman Trophy list.

Yes, you heard it here first: Christian Ponder will be fighting for the Heisman at the end of the year and you might want to jump on the bandwagon now before it gets too crowded.

The Seminoles QB is coming off of a season-ending injury and looks better than ever. Against the Samford Bulldogs, Ponder made it all look too easy completing 85% of his passes and throwing for four touchdowns … in the FIRST HALF.

Does anyone play a full game anymore?

Facing another test next week, it will be interesting to see what numbers Ponder can pile up against the inexperienced Oklahoma secondary next week. We know we’ll be watching. BTW, FSU came out on top of that mismatch 59-6.

On the flip side of the coin, a player we don’t recommend watching, unless you’re a Georgia Bulldog fan and love Gators failure, is the Tim Tebow protégé, quarterback John Brantley. Brantley’s debut for overrated No. 4 Florida can be summed up in four letters: U-G-L-Y.

Going into the final quarter against Miami (Ohio), the Gators had a pathetic 26 total yards of offense, including -16 yards on the ground. They finished the game with 8 fumbles, countless bad snaps and let’s just say that Brantley stunk up the joint.

After seeing this inexcusably sloppy performance, it appears Tebow’s success may not carry over to Brantley as smoothly as Florida fans would have hoped.

A team dealing with a similar situation is the Texas Longhorns. With Colt McCoy, the fearless leader of the offense gone, the ‘Horns offense has gotten a facelift and looked like a whole new squad this weekend. Even though the Longhorns beat Rice 34-17, mental mistakes and the inability to score in the red zone left UT fans wanting more.

As one Longhorn fan put it, “The game was like an over glorified scrimmage and it could easily have been a 52-3 victory. It’s clear that Mack Brown is really trying to drive in the point that we’re a running team now.” – Alex Robertson.

Under the arm of Colt McCoy, Texas was a pass-happy team, but now that Garrett Gilbert is calling the shots, things have changed. Although he showed signs of a quality quarterback, Gilbert’s accuracy and timing were less than stellar.

Fortunately for the Burnt Orange, a weak out-of-conference schedule and a strong defensive core will help Gilbert hone his skills and perfect his pass. With that being said, Gilbert is coming from a long line of great college quarterbacks, so he has some big shoes to fill, and he needs to do it quickly.

College football may only be one week into the season, but we have already learned a lot. Get ready for next week’s lesson. See you then.

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Tim Tebow Bombs in 31-13 Senior Bowl Loss

MOBILE, Ala. – Florida quarterback Tim Tebow had a dismal performance in yesterday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile,Tim Tebow Alabama and it comes as no surprise to most NFL scouts. Under the watchful eye of the Miami Dolphins’ coaching staff and scouts coast-to-coast, Tebow was playing in a pro-style offense and with a questionable NFL arm, his stats were, well, let’s just say not Tebow-like.

Tebow finished 8-of-12 for 50 yards and two fumbles. His longest completion was 11 yards and he was held to just 4 yards on four rushes.

“I think I’m definitely open to improving my fundamentals,” Tebow said. “I think I definitely showed that by being here. If you just watched the way I played, you could see there is room for improvement and what I need to work on.”

Now that all the hype and glory of college ball is behind him, Tebow has a more challenging task at hand, impressing NFL scouts who are good talent evaluators and certainly know the huge difference between a college and an NFL quarterback, and it will take a lot more than looking good with your shirt off.

While some unaccountably compare Tebow’s career path to NFL Hall of Fame QB Steve Young, more questions than answers have surfaced recently. Bottom line is, Tebow’s stock has dropped, spiraled back down to earth now that it is crunch time and his performance in the Senior Bowl supported what most pro scouts already knew.

Some have talked about a possible position change maybe moving him to tight end or halfback but when it comes down to picking especially in the higher rounds, don’t expect a team to waste it on a player they would have to train in a new position.

Tebow’s best football may very well be behind him and his best chance of going high in the draft was being chosen by a Florida team like Jacksonville, Tampa Bay or Miami. After his Senior Bowl performance under Coach Tony Sparano and the Dolphins’ staff, you may want to scratch Miami off that list.

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Mark Ingram Wins Heisman Trophy

NEW YORK – In the tightest vote in the 75-year history of the Heisman Trophy, Alabama Crimson Tide running back Mark 2009-heisman-candidatesIngram, shown in center of photo, won the award.

Ingram, the Flint, Michigan native may have gathered several votes last week after he led his team to a lopsided 32-13 victory in the SEC Championship game over Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators.

Running Back Toby Gerhart of the Stanford Cardinals came in second, just 28 votes behind Ingram.

Texas Longhorn quarterback Colt McCoy was considered the favorite but would leave New York without hardware on this night but will be vying for a bigger prize on January 7 when his team plays in the national championship game against Ingram’s Tide.

Other nominees were past Heisman winner, Tebow and Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.

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2009-2010 College Football Bowl Schedule

After defeating Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators 32-13, quarterback Greg McElroy, running back Mark Ingram and their Alabama Crimson Tide will make a trip to the BCS Championship game against the Texas Longhorns and Colt McCoy. The full 2009-2010 college football bowl schedule is here.

Citi BCS National Championship Game NCAA Football
Texas vs. Alabama Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 7
8 p.m. ABC

Tostitos Fiesta
Boise State vs. TCU Glendale, Ariz.
U. of Phoenix Stadium Jan. 4
8 p.m. FOX

Allstate Sugar
Florida vs. Cincinnati New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. FOX

R+L Carriers New Orleans
Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee New Orleans
Louisiana Superdome Dec. 20
8:30 p.m. ESPN

MAACO Las Vegas
Oregon State vs. BYU Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium Dec. 22
8 p.m. ESPN

S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah vs. Cal San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 23
8 p.m. ESPN

Sheraton Hawaii
Nevada vs. SMU Honolulu
Aloha Stadium Dec. 24
8 p.m. ESPN

Little Caesars
Marshall vs. Ohio Detroit
Ford Field Dec. 26
1 p.m. ESPN

Meineke Car Care
Pitt vs. North Carolina Charlotte, N.C.
Bank of America Stadium Dec. 26
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Boston College vs. USC San Francisco
AT&T Park Dec. 26
8 p.m. ESPN

Gaylord Hotels Music City
Kentucky vs. Clemson Nashville, Tenn.
LP Field Dec. 27
8:30 p.m. ESPN

AdvoCare V100 Independence
Texas A&M vs. Georgia Shreveport, La.
Independence Stadium Dec. 28
5 p.m. ESPN2

Army or UCLA vs. Temple Washington, D.C.
RFK Stadium Dec. 29
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Champs Sports
Miami vs. Wisconsin Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl Dec. 29
8 p.m. ESPN

Roady’s Humanitarian
Bowling Green vs. Idaho Boise, Idaho
Bronco Stadium Dec. 30
4:30 p.m. ESPN

Pacific Life Holiday
Arizona vs. Nebraska San Diego
Qualcomm Stadium Dec. 30
8 p.m. ESPN

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Houston vs. Air Force Fort Worth, Texas
Amon G. Carter Stadium Dec. 31

Brut Sun
Oklahoma vs. Stanford El Paso, Texas
Sun Bowl Dec. 31
2 p.m. CBS

Navy vs. Missouri Houston
Reliant Stadium Dec. 31
3:30 p.m. ESPN

Minnesota vs. Iowa State Tempe, Ariz.
Sun Devil Stadium Dec. 31
6 p.m. NFL Network

Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee Atlanta
Georgia Dome Dec. 31
7:30 p.m. ESPN

Northwestern vs. Auburn Tampa, Fla.
Raymond James Stadium Jan. 1
11 a.m. ESPN

Capital One
Penn State vs. LSU Orlando, Fla.
Florida Citrus Bowl Jan. 1
1 p.m. ABC

Konica Minolta Gator
West Virginia vs. Florida State Jacksonville, Fla.
Municipal Stadium Jan. 1
1 p.m. CBS

Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
Ohio State vs. Oregon Pasadena, Calif.
Rose Bowl Jan. 1
4:30 p.m. ABC
South Florida vs. Northern Illinois Toronto, Canada
Rogers Centre Jan. 2 Noon ESPN2

South Carolina vs. UConn Birmingham, Ala.
Legion Field Jan. 2
2 p.m. ESPN

AT&T Cotton
Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss Arlington, Texas
Cowboys Stadium Jan. 2
2 p.m. FOX

AutoZone Liberty
Arkansas vs. East Carolina Memphis, Tenn.
Liberty Bowl Jan. 2
5:30 p.m. ESPN

Valero Alamo
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech San Antonio
Alamodome Jan. 2
9 p.m. ESPN

FedEx Orange
Iowa vs. Georgia Tech Miami
Land Shark Stadium Jan. 5
8 p.m. FOX

Central Michigan vs. Troy Mobile, Ala.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium Jan. 6
7 p.m. ESPN

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NCAA Football Weekend in Review

The NCAA Football season opened with a bang this weekend.

Sam BradfordSome of the news creating the biggest buzz was #20 BYU upsetting #3 Oklahoma Sooners 14-13 in a game that included Heisman Trophy winner QB Sam Bradford watching a majority of the contest from the sidelines while sporting a sling on his multi-million-dollar throwing arm.

Bradford sprained the shoulder during the final seconds of the first half then was replaced by back-up Landry Jones who finished (6-of-12, 51yds) for the game-quarterback stats unfamiliar with the Sooners and their fans.

In another game, #6 the Ohio State Buckeyes avoided an embarrassing upset, squeaking out a win against Navy in the final minutes.

With the Buckeyes leading 29-27 late in the forth quarter, Navy attempted a two-point conversion but the pass was intercepted by the Buckeyes and taken to the house on the opposite side of the field giving the Buckeyes a narrow 31-27 victory.

Is there a reason to worry in Athens?

The #13 Georgia Bulldogs may be headed in for a long season while they try to compensate for the loss of two members of last year’s dominating offensive backfield, quarterback Matthew Stafford who went #1 overall in the 2009 NFL Draft and running back Knowshon Moreno, another first-round selection.

The Bulldogs offense sputtered out and they lost to #9 Oklahoma State 24-10.

In the days sparring matches, Tim Tebow and his #1 Florida Gators defeated Charleston Southern 62-3, #2 Texas squashed Louisiana-Monroe 59-20 and #4 USC, led by freshman quarterback Matt Barkley crushed San Jose State 56-3.

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Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week – Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier and his #25 S.C. Gamecocks got taken to school and had their asses handed to them by the #4 Florida Gators at the Swamp in Gainesville, 56-6.

It was the worst loss in Spurrier football history. Never in his playing or coaching career has he been blown out and embarrassed to this magnitude. That career goes back to his days at Florida, Duke, the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits, the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins.

Spurrier got some of his own medicine regarding running up scores on feeble opponents. In 1995 Spurrier and his Gators demolished these same ‘Cocks 63-7.

How does it feel to be on the receiving end of score-run-ups, coach?

Spurrier could do nothing but stand and glare as his team was outmanned and bitch-slapped, giving up 519 total yards.

These ‘Cocks were out of this game before the National Anthem started.

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Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week – Urban Meyer & His Gators

In a NCAA match-up that was expected to be a toe-to-toe slug-fest, the Florida Gators annihilated the outmatched Georgia Bulldogs, trouncing their SEC rivals 49-10.

Playing on neutral field, Florida fans began their raucous victory celebration with nearly a quarter left to play, while the Dawgs side of the field looked deserted after a majority of their fans–like Elvis–had left the building.

49-10; true bitch-slap! But what made it the most humiliating bitch-slap in Sports Climax history, were the timeouts called by Florida Coach, Urban Myer with the score totally out of hand and only seconds left on the game clock.

That move by Myer was probably in retaliation to last year’s Bulldog celebration after the Dawgs’ first score in that game that led to both teams clearing the benches and intensifying this rivalry.

Myers promised he was going to do something and kept quiet about it. Cheesy move calling the timeouts . . . yes.

Was the Dawgs’ taunting, rub-it-in-the-Gators-faces celebration in the end zone last year a cheesy move? Yes, but these things will only intensify and fuel this bitter rivalry.

Dawgs, you made our pick as easy as it’s ever been, congratulations, you are our hands-down, runaway, slam-dunk choice for the Sports Climax Bitch-Slap-of-the-Week.

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