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The college football season has come to an end. Conference champions have been crowned and bowl bids have been distributed. We know that Auburn and Florida State will play in the most important postseason game, the BCS National Championship. Auburn has been having what you can call a “magical season”. Just like in 2010, they began the season unranked and went on this great run defeating Texas A&M on the road and heavily favorite Alabama. Heisman finalist, Tre Mason seem to be unstoppable in that Gene Chizick read option offense, along with QB Nick Marshall. In the SEC Championship, the Tigers tallied 565 rushing yards, 405 coming from Marshal and Mason. Those are very impressive numbers but Missouri had the worse defensive outing I ever seen from a team. The game overall was just bad defensively, both teams combining for 1,211 total yards and 101 points congrats to the Tigers. But unlike the 2010 squad, they did not go undefeated or finished the regular season #1, this year’s 1 loss squad needed help and Ohio State gave them all the help they needed by losing their first game in the “Urban Era”.

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BCS Harris Poll USA Today Computer Rankings
RK TEAM AVG PVS RK PTS % RK PTS % AVG A&H RB CM KM JS PW %
1 Florida State .9957 1 1 2617 .9970 1 1550 1.0000 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 .990
2 Auburn .9638 3 2 2527 .9627 2 1486 .9587 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 .970
3 Alabama .9061 4 3 2405 .9162 3 1414 .9123 3 4 3 6 3 5 3 .890
4 Michigan State .8600 10 4 2242 .8541 4 1342 .8658 5 5 4 7 5 4 4 .860
5 Stanford .8191 7 5 2102 .8008 7 1188 .7665 3 3 6 3 4 3 5 .890
6 Baylor .7722 9 6 2058 .7840 5 1275 .8226 9 6 7 10 12 8 8 .710
7 Ohio State .7705 2 7 2048 .7802 6 1211 .7813 7 7 5 4 8 10 9 .750
8 Missouri .7256 5 9 1850 .7048 9 1088 .7019 6 8 9 5 6 7 6 .770
9 South Carolina .7152 8 8 1866 .7109 8 1108 .7148 8 10 8 8 9 6 7 .720
10 Oregon .5811 12 12 1499 .5710 12 887 .5723 10 11 11 11 10 13 11 .600
11 Oklahoma .5756 17 10 1517 .5779 10 913 .5890 12 12 12 12 15 9 12 .560
12 Clemson .5553 13 11 1512 .5760 11 899 .5800 13 16 10 14 14 15 10 .510
13 Oklahoma State .5233 6 13 1430 .5448 13 845 .5452 14 13 13 13 22 11 17 .480
14 Arizona State .4416 11 17 909 .3463 17 602 .3884 11 9 16 9 7 14 13 .590
15 UCF .4343 16 15 1098 .4183 15 658 .4245 15 15 14 15 19 12 14 .460
16 LSU .4322 15 14 1267 .4827 14 719 .4639 17 18 18 18 13 17 16 .350
17 UCLA .3703 18 18 907 .3455 18 520 .3355 16 14 19 16 11 16 15 .430
18 Louisville .3199 19 16 1091 .4156 16 611 .3942 23 23 15 20 NR 23 23 .150
19 Wisconsin .2365 21 19 673 .2564 19 408 .2632 20 20 20 24 23 19 22 .190
20 Fresno State .1675 23 20 579 .2206 20 344 .2219 26 NR 22 21 NR 24 NR .060
21 Texas A&M .1663 24 21 471 .1794 21 247 .1594 21 24 25 NR 17 20 19 .160
22 Georgia .1594 22 23 318 .1211 24 135 .0871 18 19 NR 19 16 21 18 .270
23 Northern Illinois .1572 14 22 408 .1554 23 149 .0961 19 NR 17 17 NR 18 21 .220
24 Duke .1134 20 24 291 .1109 21 247 .1594 25 NR 21 23 NR 22 NR .070
25 USC .0672 NR NR 53 .0202 NR 33 .0213 21 17 24 22 18 NR 24 .160
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

I didn’t think Ohio State would have loss to Michigan State, so I prematurely said in the Thanksgiving edition that the SEC run of 7 straight appearances in the title game was over, my apologies. But I was correct about how Michigan State can beat the Buckeyes. They didn’t hold them under 21, Buckeyes scoring 24, but they did slow the game down and play defense. The same Buckeye team that averaged 518 total yards this season, could only muster up 374 total yards. I’m sure Michigan State feel they deserve a spot in that title game but unfortunately they don’t have SEC clout like Auburn. Now if this was 2014, we would have a 4-team playoff, which is still weak. Florida State would be playing Michigan State and Auburn and Alabama would have a rematch. People swear up and down that Alabama is still the best team in the country and I can’t figure out why. This is not the same Bama team we are use too, especially on defense. I don’t want to give them a pass just cause their Bama, we seen that happen 2 years ago when they made it into the title game without winning their conference.

Heisman Finalist 

(John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated)

(John W. McDonough/Sports Illustrated)

Johnny Manziel, Soph. QB Texas A&M: 69% completion 3,732 yards 33 TDs(13 INTs), 686 rushing yards 8 TDs

  • Best Game: Loss to Alabama 42-49, 71% completion 464 yards 5 TDs(2 INTs) 98 yards rushing 7 yards per carry

Johnny Cr’Nack will get an opportunity to defend his Heisman throne for one more year, trying to join Archie Griffin as the only two student athletes to win the Heisman trophy two years in a row. Manziel had a better year throwing the ball, statiscally, but he didn’t have the stunning season had last year, scoring a total of 49 TDs with 5116 total yards. His low rushing numbers do signal that he may enter the draft, passing the ball more to show GMs that he can throw the ball, but his high interception count didn’t help his stock.

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jameis Winston, Fr. QB Florida State : 70% completion 3820 yards 38 TDs(10 INTS), 4 Rush TDs

  • Best Game: Win vs Maryland 63-0, 68% completion 393 yards 5TDs

I think Famous Jameis will win the Heisman this year, simply because he is on the best team in the country and he has been the most consistent player all season, even when he was facing adversity, he still played poised and never lost his cool. If Jameis wins, he will be the second Freshman to win the Heisman also 2nd freshman in consecutive years. Maybe more incoming Freshman should think about Red Shirting.

(Sports Illustrated)

(Sports Illustrated)

Jordan Lynch, JR. QB Northern Illinois, 4,557 total yards(2676 pass, 1881 rush) 45 Total TDs (23 pass, 22 rush) 

  • Best Game: Win vs Central Michigan 38-17,  66% completion 471 total yards(155 pass, 316 rush) 4 TDS (1 pass, 3 rush)

Jordan Lynch has been balling since last season. In his two season as the Huskies starting QB, Lynch has a record of 24-3 and an appearance in a BCS bowl. I am a big fan of Lynch because he is a true dual threat QB. He can throw the ball along with rushing for 200 yards. This season Lynch has rushed for 300+ yards twice and 150+ yards 5 times. He is also the only player with 20+ TDs in two statistical categories this season, doing this for consecutive seasons. And the most impressive stat of them all, he ranks 2nd in rushing.

AP Photo/Dave Martin)

AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Tre Mason, JR.  RB Auburn: 283 attempts 1,621 yards 22 TDs

  • Best Game: Win vs Missouri 59-42, 46 carries 304 yards 4 TDs

Tre Mason Heisman hype didn’t catch fire until the Alabama game. He has been very productive all season but whenever you can dominate defense, rushing for 164 yards while averaging 5.7 yards a carry. Mason was a big part of the the Tigers beating Bama and also winning the SEC Championship. If Mason wins the trophy, he would be the 3rd running back in the last 13 years to win the Heisman, 2nd out of the SEC.

 (AP Photo/The Herald, Faith Ninivaggi)

(AP Photo/The Herald, Faith Ninivaggi)

Andre Williams, Sr. RB Boston College: 329 carries 2,102 yards 22 TDs

  • Best Game: Win vs. Army 48-27, 30 carries 263 yards 5 TDs 8.8 yards per carry

Andre Williams is a true running back, he is a old fashion work horse who gets alot of carries along with yards. He leads the NCAA in rushing yards and has eclipsed 200+ yards 5 times this season, 250+ four times. If Andre wins he will be the 1st ACC player to win the trophy since Chris Weinke won it back it 2000 and he will be the 1st ever ACC RB to win the trophy.

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

AJ McCarron, SR. QB Alabama – 67.6% completions 2,676 yards 26 TDs (5 INTs)

  • Best Game: Win vs Texas Tech 49-42, 70% completion 334 yards 4 TDs

Not really a fan of McCarron being a Heisman Finalist. He is a good player and is the leader of the Crimson Tide, also has 3 National Championships under his belt but it’s still something missing. I know what’s missing, the NUMBERS. Looking at McCarron’s numbers, nothing about them screams out HEISMAN. You look at everyone elses numbers compared to his and he will lose every time. Andre Williams has more rushing attempts than McCarron has passing (309). I think McCarrons Heisman Hype is all because he plays for Alabama, cause it can’t be the numbers.

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

This is the most boring part of the season because their won’t be another meaningful college football game until January 6th 2014. Bowl games are ok but their pointless. They serve no purpose and have no major effect on the season, they’re just an extra game on the schedule and so big corporate companies can sponsor a college football game. The players do get a chance to show off their skills one more time in order to catch the eye of some college scouts and GMs. But if you are a college football lover and just want to watch as many games as you can before the season is over, well here is a list of the most intriguing games of the bowl season:

12/21 3:30 pm Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, Fesno State vs USC

  • This is a disappointment for the Trojans who should never play this early in the bowl season but also a major oppurtunity for Derek Carr to carve up some potential NFL talent.
(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America)

(Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America)

12/24 8 pm Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Boise State vs. Oregon State

  • Oregon State’s QB, Sean Mannion, is 2nd in the country in passing yards and 3rd in passing TDs. He may be a top QB prospect in April’s NFL Draft.

12/26 9:30 pm S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, Utah State vs Northern Illinois

  • Another opportunity to watch Jordan Lynch do work

12/27 9:30 pm Fight Hunger Bowl, BYU vs. Washington

  • Both teams had big wins this season but also disappointing loses. Let’s see how the Huskies do without their former head coach, Steve Sarkisian who pulled a “Lane Kiffin” move departing for his former squad, USC.
(AP PHOTO)

(AP PHOTO)

12/28 6:4 pm Russell Athletic Bowl, Miami vs. Louisville

  • Miami did not recruit Teddy Bridgewater, who played at Miami High school powerhouse Northwestern, allowing him to leave the city and make a name for himself at Louisville. Teddy has already check off one Florida school off his “revenge list” putting up numbers last year against the Gators in the Sugar Bowl. I’m sure he has some differences to settle with the Hurricanes.

12/30 6:45 pm Valero Alamo Bowl, Oregon vs. Texas

  • I expect this to be a good football game, period. Despite their disappointments, both of these teams have talent and a lot of it.

12/31 8 pm Chick-Fil-A Bowl, Duke vs. Texas A&M

  • Will this be Johnny Manziel’s last collegiate game?

1/1/14 1 pm Capital One Bowl, Wisconsin vs. South Carolina

  • Will this be Jadeveon Clowney last collegiate game, and if so, how will play?

1/1/14 5 pm Rose Bowl, Stanford vs. Michigan State

  • This will be a good ol’ fashion hard nose football game. Very physical
(UCFKnights.com)

(UCFKnights.com)

1/1/14 8:30 pm Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, UCF vs Baylor

  • How will the UCF Knights do against the very physical Baylor Bears in their first ever BCS bowl in school history?

1/2/14 8:30 pm AllState Sugar Bowl, Alabama vs Oklahoma

  • I want to call this the Prestigious Bowl. Between the 2 schools they combine for 22 National Championships, 9 Heisman winners, and 130 All-Americans.

1/3/14 8:30 pm Discover Orange Bowl, Clemson vs. Ohio State

  • Last time Clemson played in the Orange Bowl they was demolished by West Virginia 70-13. Hopefully we won’t have to witness another massacre.

1/3/14 7:30 pm AT&T Cotton Bowl, Oklahoma State vs. Missouri

  • This two former Big 12 foes will get to square it off in what should be a good ol’ fashion Texas Shootout
(AP PHOTO)

(AP PHOTO)

12/6/14 8:30 pm VIZIO BCS National Championship, Florida State vs. Auburn

  • Winner takes all

Maryland Prep 

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

(Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post)

Maryland 4A State Champions: Northwest Jaguars 

The Maryland High School Football season is officially over and we have our 4 State Champions. The Northwest Jags defeated the Suitland Rams in what was a sloppy cold and wet game for both teams. The Rams kept the Jags in check for the most part, keeping the score 20-8, despite their offense being very ineffective. The Rams were their own worst enemy with drive killing penalties all game long. They only trailed 20-16 with 4:50 left in the 4th quarter until Sophmore QB, Mark Pierce, connected with WR Matt Watson for a 77 yard dagger. The Final score would be 33-16

Maryland 1A State Champions: Fort Hill Sentinels 

Maryland 2A State Championships: Middletown Knights 

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