Mid-season madness reportBy ANDY RUSSELL
With the season nearing the halfway mark, college football has been experiencing a topsy-turvy season so far. Many up-and-coming stars have made names for themselves in big games and many stars have fallen to the ground in a blaze of glory. This is going to be a midseason report of sorts, but not like a normal one. I’m going to weigh in on the Heisman race, who my picks are at this point for the Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game and some key games down the stretch for major contenders in the chase for the ultimate prize. Why not start big?
As for the BCS Title game, I have to go with Florida beating Texas. Although the Gators aren’t playing great right now, they will bounce back to win some big games and will beat Alabama in the SEC Title game. Texas isn’t going to be able to keep up with Florida on the scoreboard and doesn’t have the pass defense neccesary to stop Tim Tebow and the Gator offense. I’m saying Florida 31, Texas 24.
There is a lot more to college football than the Heisman trophy however. The race for the National Championship is quickly coming into form with the first BCS poll being released this past Sunday. Here are the current BCS standings:
1. Florida 6-0
2. Alabama 7-0
3. Texas 6-0
4. Boise State 6-0
5. Cincinnati 6-0
6. Iowa 7-0
7. USC 5-1
8. TCU 60
9. LSU 5-1
10. Miami (FL) 5-1
11. Oregon 5-1
12. Georgia Tech 6-1
13. Penn State 6-1
14. Virginia Tech 5-2
15. Oklahoma State 5-1
With the current BCS standings out there teams have to be careful not to overlook any games down the stretch in order to keep their hopes for the championship alive. An upset here or there could really dash teams hopes at the title. Here are five games that could swing the championship one way or another as the season heads downhill.
Georgia vs. Florida 10/31 “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” as the annual game is dubbed, is always a huge game with SEC East implications. If Florida isn’t careful, Georgia could pull a whirlwind upset and put the BCS in a tizzy. Joe Cox leads the Dawgs offense into this one where emotions are always high. The Gators will have to play good defense and keep the turnovers to a minimum to win this one. Florida will take this game.
USC vs. Oregon 10/31 Oregon is pass happy in Eugene and has the potential to score 50 points at home. USC is going to have to play great defense and get plenty of production out of QB Matt Barkley. This is the toughest test in the Pac-10 for USC and it always is. USC has a down game each season and it always seems to be against a team from the great state of Oregon. Football and ducks, that’s what Oregon is all about!
LSU vs. Alabama 11/7 This is the game to decide the SEC West. LSU has to win this game to have a shot down the stretch due to the recent loss to Florida. The key matchup is the LSU defense against Mark Ingram. If LSU can control the run, they can control the tempo of the game. I dont think that LSU will be able to contain Ingram and Julio Jones at the same time. This will be a close one but LSU can’t keep up on the scoreboard.
Ohio St. vs. Penn State 11/7 This is a Big Ten showdown if I’ve ever seen one. The white-out will be taking place in Happy Valley and Terrelle Pryor will have a tough road test. Ohio State recently lost to unranked Purdue, but they have several weeks to prepare for this one. Penn State is tough at home and Coach Jo Pa always has them ready to play. This one is too close to call a winner right now. It’s all based on who wins the week before.
SEC Championship game 12/6 This one will decide who is going to the BCS National Championship game. If Florida wins out in the East, they will play either Alabama or LSU from the West. Whoever wins this one will have a spot in the title game, as it should be. The SEC has been the toughest conference all year and it shows. Could this be the year that we see two undefeated teams face off in the conference championship and play again in the BCS Title Game?
Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame. Notre Dame has finally had a breakout season with their highly-touted quarterback. They are not as good as Lou Holtz predicted (National Champions) but they are going to make a run at a bowl game. Clausen has thrown for 1,804 yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season with only two interceptions. He has a QB rating of 166.35 and is averaging 9.4 yards a pass. He has been a steady passer and put up great numbers against a stout USC defense (24-43 for 260 yards and two touchdowns) while being sacked five times. With over 6,000 career yards he is looking like a good pick to win the coveted Heisman Trophy.
Tim Tebow, Florida. Tebow has put up great numbers so far this season and has some games down the stretch where he can pad his stats. He has thrown for 1,032 yards with eight touchdown passes while amassing an astounding rating of 164.63. He is averaging 9.8 yards a pass with only two interceptions. The thing that you have to look at and compare his stats with is the fact that Florida has no downfield threat at receiver and Tebow has had trouble in the pocket, being sacked 12 times, which makes these stats stand out even more. Tebow has also run for 378 yards and five touchdowns on the ground as well. Will he repeat his Heisman lore?
Mark Ingram, Alabama. Ingram is a little wrecking ball standing at 5’10” and 212 pounds who just rolls on the ground. He has rushed for 905 yards and eight touchdowns so far this season and is hungry for more. He is averaging 6.7 yards per carry and has had a long run of 54 yards. He can also catch the ball well. He has caught 19 balls on the year for 186 yards and three touchdowns. He recently had a monster game against South Carolina with 24 carries for 246 yards and one touchdown. He has been able to slash-and-dash through teams with ease this season and has a fairly simple road down the stretch.
GC completes the Homecoming sweep
Football and volleyball take home big wins to complete the sweep on Homecoming 2009By ANDY RUSSELL
This past Saturday the campus was full of alumni from all across the country to celebrate the past and present of the orange and black at our annual Homecoming weekend events. Homecoming athletics tipped off on Thursday night as the volleyball team welcomed Cumberland University to their house. The Tigers came into the game with a record of 27-2 and 9-0 in conference play and have been rolling all season long. All-American Ericka Janszen continued to shine in this game as she has all season long.
Although GC took the first game, Cumberland was able to bounce back and get a good win in the second, but that was all they could muster. Once that game was over, GC took charge. Kelsey Luckett, Kristy Hock and Kyla Welch aided Janszen in this win and had outstanding statistics as well. The team played great and came together to give GC a big win over Cumberland, 3-1 (25-13, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18). This dominance would be the overall theme for the weekend.
After Thursday was over, all eyes turned to the gridiron and the big matchup Saturday afternoon with the University of the Cumberlands. Kick-off was at 1:30 and the temperature was a bit brisk for a fall afternoon, but college football was still on-tap. GC played a great game with a very balanced attack on Saturday. They had 128 yards on 51 rushes (2.5 yards per carry) and also had 206 yards through the air. QB Mike Lewis hit on 13 of 24 passes and had only one interception all day. He was able to control the offense and managed to run the game extremely well. Ted Sberna was the leading rusher for GC with 77 yards on 20 carries. GC was really trying to establish the run early in order to open up the pass later on which they were able to do. Alex Kreimer was able to aid the team with three made field goals on the day as well (42, 40, 29). After four quarters of intense football, GC was able to pull out the win 23-20 with a Kreimer field goal with seven minutes to go. This was a hard-earned win by the players, and coaches and the fans in attendance got a great show as well.
The night cap on homecoming events was the GC volleyball team taking the court for another intense matchup against the University of the Cumberlands. This match wasn’t even a competition for the Tigers. They were able to assert themselves early and get a big lead that they would never give up. They won the match 3-0, (25-16, 25-12, 25-17) and continued to dominate their schedule. They are now sitting at 29-2 with a perfect 10-0 conference record as they head down the home stretch of their schedule. Their next opponents are Pikeville College and West Virginia Tech University. After that, the Tigers are hosting the annual Boneyard Brawl here at Georgetown, where they will play Mobile, Lindenwood and Freed-Hardman (matches start Oct. 30). Once the volleyball game was over, that marked the end of Homecoming athletics for GC.
The next opponent for the football team is a familiar one, Campbellsville University and then at home against Pikeville College on Oct. 29. Again, as always, GC dominated the athletic stage and will continue to do so in the future. I want to give a big thanks to all of the athletic teams, coaches and staff that helped put together some great games for Homecoming 2009.