THUNDERING BLURB » top 25 ANDREW GARDA'S ENDLESS TAKES ON NFL AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL Fri, 22 Oct 2010 12:30:31 +0000 en hourly 1 College Football Top 25 review – Week 11 Mon, 10 Nov 2008 00:24:00 +0000 admin Top 25 recap

#1 Alabama 27 – #16 LSU 21
It took a little overtime magic, but Alabama coach Nick Saban went home a winner in his return to LSU. The Tigers scored late in the fourth quarter to pull even and send the game into overtime. Charles Scott, who compiled 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns for LSU punched it in to complete the comeback. Alabama drove down the field for a winning field goal, only to have it blocked and the game remain deadlocked. But senior quarterback John Parker Wilson who led Alabama down the field and scored to end the game on a one yard touchdown and allow the Crimson Tide to retain their #1 ranking.

#2 Texas Tech 56 – #9 Oklahoma State 20
Michael Crabtree continues to look like a man amongst boys and drive his draft value up for when he likely decides to go in 2010. Crabtree’s three touchdowns and 89 yards displayed his immense talent once again as the Red Raiders destroyed Oklahoma State. For a time, Oklahoma State looked to be making a game of it, but Texas tech just had too many weapons. Along with Crabtree’s game, quarterback Graham Harrell threw for 456 yards and six touchdowns and receiver Shannon Woods caught two touchdowns. In the end, the Red Raiders pulled away and never looked back, securing their #2 ranking with a colossal win.

#3 Penn State 23 – Iowa 24
The Nittany Lions showed up in the National Championship conversation for a cup of coffee, but were sent packing by the Hawkeyes with a crushing last second field goal. Penn State fans were already complaining about being left out of the National Title game, but they won’t have to worry about that now. The Nittany Lions struggled to move the ball in the air, barely topping 100 yards total. Iowa was led by Shonn Greene’s 117 yards and two touchdowns.

#4 Texas 45 – Baylor 21
The Longhorns rebounded from their disappointing loss to Texas tech in a big way, annihilating overmatched Baylor in ever aspect of the game. Longhorn QB Colt McCoy threw for 300 yards and five touchdowns, two of which went to receiver Quan Cosby. Not only did the Longhorns stamp 494 total yards on Baylor, they stomped on the pass game, limiting the Bears to a woeful 71 yards. Texas slipped up into Penn State’s spot and remains part of the National Title conversation.

#5 Florida 42 – Vanderbilt 14
The Gators locked down a spot in the SEC championship game with a drubbing of Vanderbilt and clinching the SEC East title. Florida quarterback and 2007 Heisman Trophy winner led his team with 171 yards and a trio of touchdowns through the air, adding 88 yards and another pair of touchdowns on the ground. Florida moved up one spot to 4 with the win.

The rest of the 25 –
#6 Oklahoma beat unranked Texas A&M 66-28, as quarterback Sam Bradford compiled 320 yuards and four TDs, jumping to a rank of 5 in the Sunday polls…. #7 USC overmatched #21 California 17-3, but made little ground , moving up just one spot to 6… #8 Utah met #12 TCU and won with a late touchdown pass from QB Brian Johnson…. #10 Boise State hammered Utah State 49-14, piling 563 total yards on the hapless Aggies….

#11 Ohio State took down #24 Northwestern 45-10 with freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s three touchdown passes and Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells’ 140 yards and two touchdowns on the ground…. #13 Georgia continued to struggle in it’s win over unranked Kentucky, though Matt Stafford had another good game, throwing for 376 yards and three touchdowns and running back Knowshon Moreno compiled 123 yards and three touchdowns himself in the 42-38 shootout…. #14 Missouri beat Kansas State 41-24 led by sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Maclin’s 278 all purpose yards and three touchdowns. Though a sophomore, Maclin is three years removed from high school and is expected to enter the NFL draft…. San Diego State found itself outclassed by #15 BYU, which beat them 41-12 behind Max Hall’s 317 passing yards and three touchdowns…..

Senior Javon Ringer scored two touchdowns and ran for 121 yards as #18 Michigan State beat Purdue 21-7#19 North Carolina scored 21 points in the final quarter as they beat #20 Georgia Tech, 28-7#22 Florida State beat Clemson 41-27 to celebrate Bobby Bowden’s 79th birthday with his 380th career win… #23 Maryland was stunned by Virginia Tech in a 23-13 loss despite quarterback Chris Turner’s 240 yards and touchdown…. West Virginia and Pittsburgh shared the #25 ranking, but the Mountaineers lost to Cincinnati 26-23 while Pitt wiped the field with Louisville, 41-7 and actually moved up in the polls to #21….

Another exciting college football weekend as the BCS continues to keep us hopping, even if I think it needs a playoff….

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Top Fantasy QBs of Week 5 Mon, 06 Oct 2008 17:45:00 +0000 admin I breaking these up this week to cover more guys as I figure each of the positions needs it’s own list.

A couple of the guys I had the most concerns about top today’s list as both Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger had outstanding days throwing the ball. Both looked like they had good arm strength and velocity – though at times they both looked like they were in a bunchy of pain. I marked Orton as having a great matchup and he took advantage of it while Kurt Warner looked much better against Buffalo than the Jets. Romo was Romo and while I thought his numbers could have been even better, you can’t be unhappy with them this week.

  1. Aaron Rodgers – 313 yards, 3 TDs, 4 rushing yards, 1 INT
  2. Ben Roethlisberger – 309 yards, 3 TDs, 2 rushing yards, 1INT
  3. Kyle Orton – 334 yards , 2 TDs, 10 rushing yards
  4. Tony Romo- 176 yards, 3 TDs, 7 rushing yards, 1INT, 1 fumble
  5. Kurt Warner – 250 yards, 2 TDs, 10 rushing yards

Eli & Peyton Manning, JT O’Sullivan, Matt Ryan and Jake Delhomme also made their fantasy owners very happy Sunday. WRs comign soon.

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College Football Top 25 review – Week 3 Sun, 21 Sep 2008 05:00:00 +0000 admin #3 Georgia @ Arizona State
Georgia left no doubt that they were a contender today, beating Arizona State soundly, 27-10. A complete turnaround compared to last week’s squeaker against South Carolina, the Bulldogs ran out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter and did not relinquish it. Georgia kept tremendous pressure on ASU quarterback Rudy Carpenter, sacking him 4 times. They also absolutely locked down the Sun Devil run game. The ASU backs compiled a stunning 4 yards total. Without having to worry about the run, the Georgia secondary was free to roam the field, locking down Carpenter’s receivers and the linebackers blitzing at will. Carpenter found himself scrambling on most plays, trying to keep the play alive long enough to find an open target, often to no avail. Defensively, the Sun Devils stifled Bulldog running back Knowshon Moreno for part of the game but in the end could not fully contain him, as he scored twice and totaled 149 yards. Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford also had a very effective day, compiling 185 yards and one touchdown through the air.

#4 Florida @Tennessee
Gator quarterback Tim Tebow didn’t throw for very many yards but did throw for a pair of touchdowns as Florida left Tennessee with a 30-6 victory. The Vols out-gained the Gators 258 yards to 243 but turned the ball over three times, and that was three times too many against the efficient Florida offense. Even worse, two of the turnovers were in key areas of the field: a fumble at the two-yard line and an interception in the end zone. And even though the Vols ruled the overall offensive yardage totals, the Gators out-rushed them 147 yards to 96, controlling the pace of the game. Tennessee has struggled to start seasons before and rebounded, but will have to stop the mistakes if they hope to repeat that. Aside from the key turnovers, the Vols were called for nine penalties totaling 95 yards. The Gators were penalized for nine themselves and the teams sparred and fought numerous times, but when added to the other mental mistakes, the Vols were clearly hurt more than Florida.

Buffalo @ #5 Missouri
Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel’s career-best 439 yards and two touchdowns helped overcome three turnovers and allow Mizzou to remain undefeated. Daniel also set a Big 12 record for consecutive completions with 20. Buffalo kept it close for three quarters but it was death by inches as for every touchdown they scored, Missouri duplicated and added a field goal to boot. Buffalo wide receiver Ernest Jackson was the center of the Bulls’ offense, scoring all three of the team’s touchdowns; two by receptions of 32 and 3, and one on a spectacular 97 yard kick return. That return, as well as the two fumbles and a bad roughing the kicker penalty were huge reasons Buffalo hung around so long in the first half. But in the end, the 590 total yards Mizzou rolled up on Buffalo was too much and they eventually separated themselves for good from the Bulls.

#6 LSU @#10 Auburn
Auburn gave LSU everything it could handle – and almost more – but the LSU Tigers staged a second half surge and sealed the deal with a Jarrett Lee touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell with just over a minute left. Lee came in for starter Andrew Hatch and started off badly going 0-5 on his first series including an interception returned for a touchdown before turning things around in the second half.

Rice @ #7 Texas
The Longhorns scored 17 points in the second quarter and never looked back, whipping Rice to the tune of 52-10. Texas was lead by quarterback Colt McCoy who threw for 329 yards and four touchdowns, bringing his career total to 62, breaking Major Applewhite’s previous record of 60.

#9Alabama @ Arkansas
A pair of interception returns for touchdowns sparked a 49-14 domination of the Arkansas Razorbacks by the Tide, who had six of their seven touchdowns on plays of longer than 25 yards.

Massachusetts @#11 Texas Tech
Texas Tech ran away and hid from Massachusetts, hammering the visiting Minutemen 56-14. Quarterback Graham Harrell threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns while running back Shannon Woods added three on the ground.

#12 South Florida @ Florida International
South Florida took down the Panthers in their own house totaling 322 total yards in a 17-9 victory. SFLA linebacker Brouce Mompremier was airlifted to a hospital after colliding with teammate Carlton Williams during a tackle in the third quarter. Mompremier was seen slowly moving his arms, and was believed to be regaining some movement in his legs before they loaded him onto the helicopter. No other details are available at this time.

Troy @ #13 Ohio State
The Buckeyes made a change to bounce back from their devastating loss to USC by giving the start and nearly all the snaps to true freshman Terrelle Pryor, who led Ohio State with four touchdown passes to a 28-10 win over Troy.

Wyoming @ #14 BYU
BYU is on a mission to show the nation that they deserve every win, this time stomping Wyoming to the tune of 44-0. Quarterback Max Hall threw for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the Cougar’s 14th straight win, longest in the nation.

#15 East Carolina @ NC State
ECU became the latest ranked team to fall to an unranked school when they were stunned in overtime by the Wolfpack, 30-24. ECU Quarterback Patrick Pinkney’s fumble set up an Andre Brown touchdown for the NC State victory.

Temple @ #16 Penn State
Penn State leapt out to an early second quarter lead and never looked back as they trounced visiting Temple, 45-3. Running back Stephfon Green led the offense with 132 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Boise @ #17 Oregon
I said in my Pac 10 preview on College Football Insider and NFLDraftbible that the Ducks needed to limit mistakes and not fall behind – neither was a goal they met as Oregon quarterbacks threw three interceptions and Boise State ran out to a 24 to 6 lead in the first half and never looked back. A late surge by Oregon was not enough this time as Boise quarterback Kellen Moore threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns in the 37-32 upset.

#18 Wake Forest @ #24 Florida State
The teams combined for five field goals as Wake Forest edged the Seminoles 12-3.

Sam Houston St @ #19 Kansas
The quarterbacks combined for 696 total yards passing but the Jayhawks’ were able to put the ball in the end zone more times as they defeated Sam Houston State, 38-14.

#20 Utah @ Air Force
Air Force put a scare into the Utes, but three second half touchdowns by running back Darrell Mack lead a come back victory to the tune of 30-23.

#21 West Virginia @ Colorado (Thursday)
West Virginia quarterback Pat White and his main running back Noel Devine ran up a total of 281 yards but it wasn’t enough as Buffalo’s Rodney Stewart ran for 166 yards and kicker Aric Goodman kicked a game winning field goal in overtime, sending West Virginia home with a heartbreaking 17-14 loss.

South Carolina St. @ #23 Clemson
Clemson running back James Davis ran for three touchdowns as the Tigers blanked the Bulldogs 54-0.

#25 Fresno State @Toledo
Fresno State held onto the win, 55-54, but may not hold onto their ranking as it took a knocked down 2-point conversion pass to get the win in the second overtime.

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College Football Top 25 review – Week 2 Sun, 14 Sep 2008 06:03:00 +0000 admin #1 USC vs #5 OSU
The Trojans looked human for two drives – and then took the game over and never looked back. USC QB Marc Sanchez threw for 4 TDs and linebacker Rey Maualuaga had a pick he returned for a 48 yard TD as the Buckeyes looked overmatched in every aspect of the game. Once again OSU entered the spotlight only to come out blinded and slapped around and still waiting for that big non-conference win that eludes them. The two decisions that will be haunting Buckeye Coach Jim Tressel: Should running back Chris ‘Beanie’ Wells have been playing (and would it have mattered) and should he have handed the reigns more completely to freshman QB Terrelle Pryor as QB Todd Boekman looked awful throughout stretches of the game. One thing is for certain – it looks like the team with the best chance of beating USC is USC. If they stay focused, they have every chance of playing for a National Title come January.

#2 Georgia vs South Carolina
Georgia had all it could handle with a tough South Carolina team but in the end, a late turnover sealed the win for them. For most of the game, the SC Gamecocks kept the Bulldogs leashed and the score low, stifling the offense. But ultimately Georgia made something of the last turnover and and Knowshon Moreno capped his 79 yard day with the winning TD.

#3 Oklahoma vs Washington
Sooner QB Sam Bradford continues his Heisman Case with 304 yards and 5 TDs as Oklahoma continued Washington’s woes 55-14. Not only was Bradford on point, but the Sooner RB tandem of DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown were lights out. The pair rushed for 207 yards as Oklahoma outgained the Huskies in yards 591 to 336.

#6 Missouri vs Nevada
Tigers QB Chase Daniel threw for a monster 405 yards and 4 TDs as Missouri thumped Nevada 69-17. The offense scored on 11 drives, including their first 10 and 9 of them for TDs. Nevada never got going, and were frustrated on both sides of the ball. Unable to get things going on offense, they were also not getting pressure on the Tigers quarterbacks. The Tigers’ 69 points scored was a school record and Daniels became the All-Time Leading passer with his yard total from today.

#7 LSU vs North Texas
The defending National Champions ran away and hid as RB Charles Scott lead the team with 102 yards and 2 TDs – both of which was for more than 30 yards.


#9 Auburn vs Mississippi St.
With a box score that looked more like a baseball game than a college football game, Auburn came out ahead when Mississippi State QB Wesley Carroll threw an interception with 2:28 left in the game.

#10 Wisconsin vs #21 Fresno State
The Badgers survived a scare today as the Fresno State Bulldogs took them the distance but ultimately could not finish as Wisconsin beat Fresno 13-10. PJ Hill lead Wisconsin’s rushing with 112 yards QB Allan Everidge left the game late but appeared back on the sidelines and should be ok for the Badgers’ next game.

#11 Alabama vs Western Kentucky
The Crimson Tide rolled all over poor Western Kentucky to the tune of 41-7. The Tide went 9-14 on 3rd downs and 3-3 on 4th downs, with QB John Parker Wilson leading the offense with 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

#12 Texas Tech vs Southern Methodist
TTU QB Graham Harrell threw for 5 TDs while his Mustang counterpart Bo Levi Mitchell threw 5 INTs as the Red Raiders blew out SMU 43-7. Of the 5 TDs from Graham, 3 went to wide receiver Michael Crabtree.

#13 Kansas vs #19 South Florida
It took a Field Goal as time expired but South Florida continued to hold onto it’s top 25 ranking for another week, making sure the BCS knows the small schools came to play. Jayhawk QB Todd Reesing threw for 373 and 3 TDs, 2 of which went to wide receiver Johnathan Wilson but it wasn’t enough as his one INT took place late in the 4th and was returned 40 yards to set up the winning kick.

#14 East Carolina vs Tulane
East Carolina made it’s BCS bones by upsetting two favored teams but almost became a karmic victim as they staved of the Green Wave with a late 4th quarter TD, overcoming 4 turnovers.

#15 ASU vs UNLV
Arizona State Rudy Carpenter and his ASU Sun Devils struggled early but ultimately got in gear to beat UNLV and, along with USC and Oregon, survive the drubbing the Pac 10 received almost across the board today.

#16 Oregon vs Purdue
It took two OTs, but Oregon avoided an upset as the Purdue Boilermakers stunned them in the first half. But LeGarrette Blount’s 3 yard TD capped a comeback that will keep the Ducks rolling for another week.

#17 Penn State vs Syracuse
The Nittany Lions left Syracuse in the dust early and never looked back as they destroyed the overwhelmed Orangeman 55-13.

#18 BYU vs UCLA
BYU left no doubt they belonged in the top 25 and washed the bad taste of a debated call by annihilating UCLA, led by QB Max Hall and his staggering 7 TDs.

#22 Utah vs Utah State
Utah beat their in-state rivals for the 11th time in a row, this time by the score of 58-10. Utah running back Matt Asiata scored three touchdowns.

#23 Cal vs Maryland
Cal arrived at their hotel at 1am and it took them into the 4th quarter before the offense fired up. But it was too little too late as the Terps stunned the Bears 35-27.

#24 Illinois vs Louisiana-Lafayette
While the Illini lead for more than three quarters, Juice Williams and the offense never distanced themselves from the Ragin’ Cajuns and eventually had to stave off a late surge from a team they expected to blow off the field.

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