BCS National Title Game '11

BCS National Title Game '11
BCS National Championship 1/10/11 Oregon vs Auburn

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

College Football Week 14 Recap

My Overall Record: 99-41  
My Record in Week 14: 7-3

Best game from Week 14: #2 Alabama 32, #3 Georgia 28

The regular season is done besides the Army-Navy game and Heisman Trophy Presentation this upcoming weekend. Head Coach Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide have done it again. They defeated the #3 Georgia Bulldogs in what would be considered by most as the best SEC Championship game of this decade. Who knows if Alabama wins this game if Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray spikes the ball with 12 seconds to go? No one can really figure out why that play was not executed. You can't take anything away from Alabama though. The Crimson Tide fought back in the second half after the Bulldogs took the momentum by blocking a field goal and returning it for a touchdown to take a 21-10 lead. The rushing attack led by Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon played a huge role in the Crimson Tide climbing back into the game and the 45-yard touchdown pass from AJ McCarron to Amari Cooper with 3:15 left in the game is what advanced this team to another BCS National Championship game. The Crimson Tide won their second SEC title in four years and will be going for their third national championship in four years.

Other conference games came down to the very end as well.  On Thursday, The Big East showdown came down to the very end in Piscataway with Louisville and injured quarterback Teddy Bridgewater defeating Rutgers 20-17. Louisville is now headed to their first BCS Bowl game since 2006. On Friday, there were two very close games in the MAC Championship and Pac-12 Championship. One of the biggest stories of the weekend was the Northern Illinois-Kent State game. For the third straight year, the MAC Championship went down to the wire. Jordan Lynch and company fought off Kent State 44-37 in double overtime and now are headed to their first BCS Bowl game in school history. The Pac-12 Championship came down to the very end as UCLA kept it close the whole game. Unfortunately, Bruin kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn was not able to convert a 52-yard field goal to tie the game with 34 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Stanford fought off UCLA for the second straight week 27-24. The Stanford Cardinal will head to their third straight BCS Bowl game. The ACC title game ended up being surprisingly close as well between Florida State and Georgia Tech. Florida State stopped Georgia Tech on a last minute drive when Seminole defender Tevin Washington intercepted a Karlos Williams pass. Florida State hung on to win the ACC Championship 21-15 and will go to their first BCS bowl game since 2005. Collin Klein and Kansas State clinched their first Big 12 Championship since 2003 as they knocked off the Texas Longhorns at home 42-24. Lastly, the biggest upset of the weekend occurred in Indianapolis. The 7-5 Wisconsin Badgers absolutely dismantled the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Badgers came in with revenge on their minds as running backs Montee Ball, Melvin Gordon, and James White ran for a combined 527 rushing yards and eight touchdowns. The Husker defense ended up giving up a total of 640 yards in a 70-31 loss. The Wisconsin Badgers are now heading to their third straight Rose Bowl.

BCS Bowl Games  

BCS National Championship 
 Sun Life Stadium 
Miami Gardens, FL                  
Jan. 7, 2013
#1 Notre Dame vs #2 Alabama 

Fiesta Bowl
University of Phoenix Stadium
Glendale, AZ
Jan. 3, 2013
#4 Oregon vs #5 Kansas State 

Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
Jan. 2, 2013
#3 Florida vs 21 Louisville 

Orange Bowl
Sun Life Stadium
Miami Gardens, FL
Jan. 1, 2013
#12 Florida State vs #15 Northern Illinois 

Rose Bowl
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA 
Jan. 1, 2013
#6 Stanford vs Wisconsin 

2012 Heisman Trophy Predictions

1. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (Freshman)
- Johnny Manziel was the biggest surprise of the 2012 College Football season. Manziel was not a clear starter until right before the season began. As a freshman, Manziel became the first SEC player to have 4,600 yards in one season. He also set freshman FBS records, such as most rushing yards for a quarterback in one season with 1,181 yards. Manziel led his team to a 10-2 regular season record and knocked off Alabama on the road. 

2. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame (Senior)
- No one can even explain how great Mant Te'o is as a leader and human being. In September, Te'o lost his girlfriend and grandmother in a matter of a day and was still able to perform at the highest level . Te'o recorded 103 total tackles and seven interceptions during the regular season. Te'o also led an Irish defense that has given up just 10.3 points per game. Te'o and the Irish are headed to the BCS National Championship to play Alabama. 

3. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State (Senior)
- There is not one player who meant more to his team than Collin Klein did. Kansas State is at best an 8-4 team without him. Klein passed for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns. Klein also rushed for 890 yards and 22 touchdowns. The play of Klein has led Kansas State to their first Big 12 Championship since 2003 and a Fiesta Bowl bid. Klein would have been the obvious choice to win the Heisman Trophy, but the 52-24 loss at Baylor where he threw three interceptions hurt his chances of winning.

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