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2010 College Football Predictions: Five Upsets To Watch for in the SEC

August 14th, 2010

With the last four national champions to hoist the crystal ball in January all reigning from the Southeastern Conference, it's hard for college football fans of any background to ignore the insanity of SEC football in the fall. These Saturday congregations most closely resemble a trip to the Thunderdome..."Two men enter, one man leaves." The unforgiving Bowl Championship Series creates a season-long sense of urgency, making each of these conference bouts a legitimate, early playoff round towards this off-season's bragging rights.

Not only does the SEC's inter-conference play ring with excitement, but there is plenty of non-conference matches look forward to. Last season, LSU held on for a tight win at Washington, while Georgia suffered a close loss to a Top 10 Oklahoma State squad.

SEC competition was no exception...South Carolina tripped up Ole Miss when the Rebels were just breaking the Top 10, Kentucky traveled to Auburn and beat the Tigers for the first time since 1966...heck, even Tennessee came within a blocked field goal of beating the #1 Alabama Crimson Tide on their home turf.

This season holds many interesting match ups, including Alabama-Penn State, Auburn-Clemson and Arkansas-Texas A&M. So what SEC teams will trip up and potentially lose the chance to play for the national championship? What underdogs will catch a giant napping? Let's find out...

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2010 College Football Predictions: Heisman Hopefuls From the ACC

August 14th, 2010

I gave you my National Title Contenders from the ACC so it only makes sense that Heisman Hopefuls are up next.

The ACC offers a few potential viable options in 2010.

Florida State QB Christian Ponder is the trendy pick for most people. It makes sense. He was on track in 2009 to put up amazing numbers before being knocked out with a shoulder injury against Clemson. The Seminoles are returning their offensive line for the second year in a row, and they have a decent receiving corp to provide him with enough targets to get the job done. Not to mention a feeling of freshness with new head man Jimbo Fisher in town. He even has his own Heisman campaign (the CP7 Heisman Campaign) that the league itself was promoting at media days.

I know everyone and their brother is on him as the number one contender but I have to disagree - it's Ryan Williams from the Virginia Tech that actually might be in prime position here.Remember, year in and year out it seems an area voters pay a lot of attention to is a players ability to put his team in contention for a national title. And let's face it, the Noles won't be knocking on the door of a top five finish this year.

Virginia Tech starts the year in the Top 10 and just like 2009, their first match-up is a statement game against Boise State. What better way for Williams to garner early Heisman talk than a win against Boise. And if it finishes the season victorious in the ACC Title game, it's smart money they will be in the top two of the BCS. If Willams puts up numbers similar to those he had last year, and the Hokies are indeed in the running for the title game, it's inevitable he will be a top three guy for the award. The only issue he runs into, and it's a good one for Tech fans, is fellow stud RB Darren Evans is back after missing all of last season with a knee injury.

Quarterback Jacory Harris from Miami is another option here. He leads what should be a high powered Hurricane offense, reminiscent of days past. Before a late season slide in 2009, he was already being mentioned in Heisman talk. The ‘U’ starts the 2010 season in the top fifteen nationally but a brutal schedule might ultimately be his downfall. He goes up against solid defense after solid defense in Ohio State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Clemson. Now, if he can guide the Canes through those landmines and keep them on course to win the ACC – Mr. Harris deserves a seat in New York.

Finally, I'd like throw my dark horse out there - Boston College RB Montel Harris. Yeah yeah, it's a long shot I know but the guy deserves some press. He quietly put up some great stats last year, rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and finishing second to Williams in rushing in the ACC. Obviously the Eagles won't be a factor in the national title picture, but someone needs to throw the kid some love.

Side note: If it were possible for voters to go after a defensive player (which last year proved it's not), I'd keep an eye on North Carolina DL Robert Quinn and Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel.

Sean Sutton gets probation in drug case (AP)

August 14th, 2010
Apologizing for a series of "terrible mistakes," former Oklahoma State coach Sean Sutton was sentenced Friday to three years of probation after pleading guilty to illegally obtaining prescription drugs. Sutton agreed to testify against two people who allegedly supplied him with adderall, clonazepam and oxycodone as part of a plea agreement covering four felony counts tied to his February...

2011 College Football Recruiting: The Worst States For Quarterbacks

August 14th, 2010

Last month we gave you the top 10 states for quarterback recruits in 2011, but this month we give you the very worst. 

To set parameters, only high school players are considered and with that note a player must attend a high school in the state they count toward. 

So to all the JUCOs out there, apologies in advance. 

There might not be many surprises about what you'll find on the list, but nonetheless, it's a fun, light read to finish off the week

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2010 College Football Predictions: Florida Gators’ Rivals Last Chance

August 14th, 2010

Since Urban Meyer's arrival at Florida, the Gators' three natural rival—Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida State—have only managed to win one out of 15 games against the Gators.

That one loss came at the hands of Georgia in 2007, by a score of 42-30. The Bulldogs used the win as a launching pad to a Sugar Bowl victory and a preseason No. 1 ranking in 2008.

Other than that, Florida's rivals have had no luck knocking the Gators down.

Much of that was due to the class that gave the Gators guys like Tim Tebow and Brandon Spikes.

But those guys are now gone.

In what many believe is a transition year for the Gators, is this their rivals' best, and perhaps only, shot to take down Florida for the next few seasons? 

After this season, John Brantley will have a full season under his belt and that vaunted 2010 recruiting class will have their wings in the coming seasons.

Let's take a look.

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