Curt's Heisman Hopefuls for the 2012 College Football Season

I tell myself every year that I am not going to do this. And every year I do it anyway. I’ve voiced my opinion about the “value” of the Heisman Trophy many times so I will save the keystrokes. But in my old age what I have come to understand is that it has its place in college football, just as bowl games do.

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First Round Breakdown - The Quarterbacks

As the 2011 NFL draft approaches, even with all the concerns over a potential work stoppage and all the things that go along with it, the draft is happening and with the added dynamics we could see some real changes in how teams approach the draft philosophically.

As I see it, at worst there are 3 quarterbacks that will be taken in the first round.  I personally have 4 quarterbacks with first round grades.  But in a year where there could be a hard rookie salary cap the financial risk of drafting a player who may not pan out is diminished and that could mean teams will go ahead and draft a quarterback in the first round thatin past years they would wait until the 2nd or 3rd round.  So in a best case scenario, I can see 8 or 9 quarterbacks go, if not in the first 32 picks, in the first two rounds for sure.

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Predicting all the Bowl Games

Let's roll through the Bowls, all 35 of them, in chronological order (maybe). I'm going to lay out who's playing in each one and then make a prediction on who'll win. Yet again I'll point out if I put money on my own predictions my kids would starve. I heartily recommend that you don't base anything financial on my predictions!

 New Mexico Bowl
 Who: BYU vs. UTEP
 Winner: BYU

 uDrove Humanitarian Bowl
 Who: Northern Illinois vs. Fresno State
 Winner: Fresno State

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The BCS Run In

First things first, let's take a look at who's still in the running for this thing. For this I'm going all the way down to Numer 8. That gives us all the unbeaten teams plus Alabama who are the best of the one loss teams and the one with the schedule that might get them back into contention yet. Here's how it's played out so far and who's left to come for each of 'em.

1. Auburn 2. Oregon 3. Boise State 4. TCU

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The Heisman race gets clearer and the National Championship picture gets more fuzzy

Heisman Hopefuls

  1. Cam Newton QB Auburn - Just like Tutti Fruitti at Baskin-Robbins, Newton is the flavor of the month.  And deservedly so, he’s gotten better and better every week.  Honestly, barring something crazy, he's the clubhouse leader from here on out.
  2. Kellen Moore QB Boise State - Still my pick to win it, because I think somewhere along the way, Newton loses and the Broncos are in the teeth of that JUCO conference schedule so they are cruising.

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College football Game of the Week(and some other crap)-Week 8 Edition

Game of the Week

I know you all thought I’d go with the No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners traveling to Columbia to play the No. 11 Missouri Tigers.  Well forget it.  With my Jeckyl/Hyde tendencies on picking games, there’s no way I am touching this game with a ten foot poll.  I’ll just say there are some really dynamic playmakers that are going to be on that field, and I would love to be in Colombia today for all the excitement.  Boomer Sooner!

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Updated 2010 NFL draft positional rankings

Quarterbacks

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Ten Things I learned this week in college football

We learned it takes less than one hour in Twitterverse time for the anti-BCS crybabies to overtake Twitter from the time the first BCS poll was released.  Grow up people.  You would think the BCS was the end of the world.  I happen to love how it works, and while I’ve proposed a possible tweak to it, I don’t want a radical change.  And guess what?  It’s not going to happen anyway.

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Best of the Bunch: Quarterbacks

Last year, I lumped my quarterbacks and running backs together for my best of the bunch articles, but this year, the groups are so different I felt like it was only fair to both groups to give each their own breakdown.  Obviously, when I look at the best quarterback unit in the nation, I have to give some consideration to depth, but let’s be honest.  The best quarterbacks in the nation are the reason their team wins or loses and as much as we’d like to say that the backups can come in and the teams won’t miss a beat, we know it isn’t true. 

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Super Sophomores for 2010

Last season we were able to see a near record number of Freshman have impacts on their teams success.  This is all well and good but being able to repeat that success and better yet, improve on it, is what will be key.  These players have set the bar very high, and here's a player from each conference that I think will push it even further in the 2010 season.

ACC

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2012 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Michael EgnewTE 78Dolphins
Dominique HamiltonDT
Terrell ResonnoDT
Jacquies SmithDT
Jerrell JacksonWR

2011 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Aldon SmithDE 749ers
Blaine GabbertQB 10Jaguars
Andrew GachkarOLB 236Chargers
Derrick WashingtonRB
Tim BarnesC
Kevin RutlandCB

2010 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Sean WeatherspoonOLB 19Falcons
Kurtis GregoryOG
Danario AlexanderWR
Jared PerryWR

2009 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Jeremy MaclinWR 19Eagles
Evander HoodDT 32Steelers
William MooreS 55Falcons
Chase CoffmanTE 98Bengals
Colin BrownOT 139Chiefs
Stryker SulakDE 199Raiders
Chase DanielQB

2008 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Will Franklin WR 105Chiefs
Martin Rucker TE 111Browns

2007 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Brian Smith DE 113Jaguars

2006 Draft
Player Pos Pick NFL Team
Brad Smith WR 103Jets
Tony Palmer OG 243Rams

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