Ness Notes (Heisman Update / College Hoops Begin)
As I’ve been saying for weeks now, this 12 months’ Heisman winner may be won through one of two QBs, Ohio State’s Troy Smith or Notre Dame’s Brady Quinn. Quinn has a lot better numbers recently; however, it shouldn’t move disregarded that the Irish have not precisely faced “Murderers Row.” Since Notre Dame become beaten badly through Michigan lower back on September 16 (47-21), Quinn has rebounded (he threw 3 INTs vs. the Wolverines and misplaced a fumble that becomes returned for a TD) via main Notre Dame to 6 directly wins, as the Irish have averaged 34.Eight PPG.
The Irish at the moment are eight-1 and ranked No. 9 in the present day BCS standings. During that reach, Quinn has finished sixty-six. 7 percent of his throws at the same time as averaging 302 YPG thru the air. He’s thrown 19 TDPs and been intercepted just as soon as (216 tries). The trap is, Notre Dame’s six wins have come over teams with a blended prevailing percentage of simply .375 (21-35)! Notre Dame plays at Air Force this week and then domestic to Army on the 18th (no longer a lot of competition in both of these video games, either), earlier than finishing with USC on November 25.
Ohio State’s Troy Smith has been the “chief inside the clubhouse” because season’s first weekend, but he certainly has “left the door open” for Quinn recently. Ohio State appeared to love it was geared up to cruise to some other smooth win ultimate Saturday because the Buckeyes opened their game with Illinois by using 80 yards on 14 plays for a 7-zero lead on their first ownership. However, a 17-zero halftime lead by no means grew, and Illinois scored its best TD of the sport with 1:40 last (to shut to 17-10), and the Buckeyes had been forced to dangle on for expensive existence from there.
Smith had his least-productive sport of the season, finishing simply thirteen-of-23 passes for 108 yards without a TDPs and one INT. He ran eleven times for 37 yards (could be extra if now not for 3 sacks) and has proven greater running ability in the closing seven video games, averaging 31.4 YPG dashing and five. Four YPC. Smith’s thrown for 22 TDPs this 12 months with simply three INTs and is finishing 66.7 percentage while Quinn’s numbers are 25 TDPs (4 INTs) and a completion percent of 63.9. However, Quinn has thrown for two,579 yards (286.6 YPG), with Smith throwing for 2,006 yards (two hundred.6 YPG).
Smith has been the first-rate in two professional video games against Michigan (I’ll preview the Michigan/Ohio State recreation subsequent week). He can wrap up the Heisman with an exquisite overall performance towards the Wolverines. If he does not play well, and especially if Ohio State loses, Quinn can have a danger to “country his case” when Notre Dame visits the Coliseum on November 25.
More RBs have received the Heisman than some other function, but no RB will win this 12 months. Michigan’s Mike Hart may get an invitation to New York, as he plays for the nation’s 2d-ranked group, and he has been as constant (even though now not outstanding) as any back in college soccer. He’s crowned 100 yards in eight of Michigan’s 10 video games this 12 months and has 18 professional 100-backyard video games, with Michigan going 17-1 in the ones 18 games. A ‘monster’ recreation by way of Hart in opposition to the Buckeyes might nearly ensure Hart a ticket to New York. A win could be high-quality as well.
West Va’s Steve Slaton noticed his dark-horse Heisman possibilities stop ultimate Thursday night in Louisville, in conjunction with West Va’s hopes of gambling within the countrywide name recreation. Slaton fumbled on consecutive touches within the third zone against the Cardinals, together with his second fumble getting returned for a TD. It turned all downhill for the Mountaineers from there, and with the loss, West Va fell from No. Three in the BCS standings to No. 10. Other backs worthy of mention are Cal’s Marshawn Lynch, Boise State’s Ian Johnson, Rutgers’ Ray Rice, Wisconsin’s PJ Hill, and Arkansas’ Darren McFadden (in no specific order of desire).
While a QB will win this year’s Heisman, he won’t be named Colt. However, Texas QB Colt McCoy and Hawaii QB Colt Brennan deserve a point out. McCoy, a redshirt freshman, threw for a profession-nice 346 yards in Texas’ 36-10 win over Oklahoma State remaining Saturday. He threw 3 TDPs, giving him 27 for the season, which units a brand new Texas single-season report (Vince Young had 26 TDPs final 12 months).
In leading Texas to eight immediately wins because of the team’s 24-7 loss to Ohio State (9/nine), McCoy has completed seventy-one.3 percent of his passes even as throwing 23 TDPs and simply 3 INTs. Texas has averaged 41.1 PPG in the 8-game streak, and over the last 4 video games, McCoy has averaged 274. Three YPG passing. The freshman file for TDPs in an unmarried season is held with Nevada’s David Neill (he threw 29 in 1998), and McCoy is certain to break that mark easily!
Colt Brennan threw six TDPs in Hawaii’s 63-10 win over Utah State last Saturday, giving him 39 at the yr (he has just six INTs). That breaks the Hawaii single-season document of 38, set by using Timmy Chang in 2004. Incredibly, Hawaii nevertheless has 4 everyday season games ultimate (all at domestic). Saturday’s win garnered them an invite to host this 12 months’ Hawaii Bowl, meaning Brennan may have 5 games left to go after the all-time single-season record for TD passes in a year.
Houston’s David Klingler threw fifty-four TDPs for the Cougars again in 1990, and Brennan’s modern tempo of 39 through 9 games (four. Three per recreation) has him “on pace” to toss 60 in what will be a 14-recreation season for the Rainbows! It must be talked about that Hawaii is 19-8 SU, and ATS is closing 27 home games for the duration of November and December. So, with five extra home games to move, Brennan has sure to have an actual shot at Klinger’s document.
College basketball is the lower back. A short test of Tuesday’s agenda shows two video games being played in College Park, Maryland, because of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic recommendations off the 2006-07 university basketball season. Florida, closing 12 months’ national champs, will begin this season No.1 in both the AP and Coaches’ preseason polls.
Florida became unranked at the start of the final season and finished the everyday season because of the AP’s eleventh-ranked team. However, the Gators won 5 in their six tournament games by using 12 points or more (the exception turned into their fifty-seven-fifty-three wins over Georgetown) to become just the fourth crew to seize the national championship after starting the season unranked. The 3 others to do so were Texas Western in 1966 (now UTEP), Villanova in 1985, and Syracuse in 2003.
As maximum know, the Gators return all 5 starters from closing 12 months’ championship team, just the second title crew to try this in at the least forty years! Arizona received the title inside the 1996-97 season and back all 5 starters in 1997-98, but misplaced to Utah 12 months inside the Regional Finals. North Carolina is No. 2 in both polls, and Kansas comes in No. 3 in both polls as nicely.
The remaining 12 months’ other 3 Final Four teams, UCLA (which lost to Florida inside the championship recreation), is No. 6 inside the AP and tied for 5th with Pitt within the Coaches’ poll. LSU is No. Five in the AP and No. 7 inside the Coaches’. Last year’s “Cinderella team,” George Mason, got just one 25th-location vote on the AP ballot and totaled simply six factors in the Coaches’ ballot, which places them forty seconds.
Pitt’s No.Four ratings in the AP ballot its the school’s highest-ever preseason ranking with the 1987-88 team. Ohio State, which maximum trust has the kingdom’s pleasant incoming freshman class (although Greg Oden will no longer be to be had until January, due to an injury), is No. 7 inside the AP. Texas A&M is ranked No. Thirteen within the AP, the school’s first appearance in that poll because November 30, 1980.
Duke opens the yr at No. 12 inside the AP ballot, the faculty’s 186th consecutive appearance inside the ballot. It’s the longest lively streak of any college and the second-longest streak of all-time. UCLA seemed in 221 straight AP polls from 1966 via 1980. U Conn (No. 18 in the AP’s preseason poll) has the state’s 2d-longest lively streak behind Duke, with fifty-nine consecutive appearances. Kansas (No. 3) and Kentucky (No. 22) personal the two longest active streaks of appearing within the AP’s preseason poll, as both colleges have appeared in each preseason ballot since the 1991-ninety two seasons.
Unlike university soccer, which capabilities just 119 Division I-A faculties, university basketball has 325 faculty gambling on the Division I-A level. There will be sixty-one colleges this year offering a new head education. It’s the maximum number of new coaches in any 12 months because of 1998 and the third-biggest turnover since the NCAA started tracking training modifications in 1950. The Big 12 by myself has six new head coaches, a 50 percent turnover fee. In a word, Oklahoma’s Kelvin Sampson can be in Indiana this year, even as former Cincinnati head educate Bob Huggins takes over at Kansas State.