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Frank Coyle's New Weekly Column
Mikel LeShoure Wins Player of the Week
Photo - RB Kendall Hunter – Oklahoma St
The top four clubs remained unbeaten with three clubs idle and only Boise St. playing this week. The Broncos pounded Fresno St 51-0 as they march through the WAC undefeated. They face their biggest test this week at Nevada in what should be a high scoring affair. Boise St’s QB Kellen Moore put on another excellent performance directing the potent offense that has them in the title chase.
Auburn rested last week up along with Alabama waiting for their much anticipated ‘Iron Bowl’ contest this Friday. Auburn hopes to secure a BCS berth for #1 here vs a tough two loss Bama club. The Tide is the defending champion and are capable of pulling an upset here. The Tigers’ QB Cam Newton will be the focus of attention on his march to the Heisman Trophy and possible national championship. TCU and Oregon were also idle. Oregon faces a tough matchup vs Arizona this Friday on a game that has national title implications.
LSU has quietly moved into national title contention but they need a lot of help to move up as a one loss team. They have faced the toughest schedule among top ten teams, but with four undefeated clubs ahead of them they need an upset weekend over Thanksgiving to move up the rankings.
Maybe the biggest win last week was Texas A&M beating Nebraska 9-6. There is no better place for college football than College Station, the scene of many great Aggie victories. The huge win put the Aggies at 8-3 and eligible for a good bowl invitation. Virginia Tech continues their recovery from a 0-2 start with a nice win over Miami. The Hokies are now 9-2 and knocking on the door for the top ten.
The Oklahoma St Cowboys are one of the great stories of the year. HC Mike Gundy has done a remarkable job leading them to their first 10 win season with a 10-1 record. They rank in the top ten and face rival Oklahoma (9-2) in a huge Bedlam matchup this Saturday. The Cowboys (10-1 overall and 6-1 Big 12) are looking to lock up the Big 12 South championship with a win over the Sooners (9-2 overall; 5-2 Big 12). Running back Kendall Hunter rushed for 105 yards on 22 carries and is headed for another Big 12 rushing title at the conclusion of the season. HC Gundy ranks right at the top of the Coach of the Year honors in what should be a very difficult vote.
In one of the most bizarre college football games in history, Illinois blasted Northwestern 48-27 at Wrigley Field. What made the game so bizarre is that both offenses had to play in the same direction due to the bleachers being to close to the playing field at one end. This was the first college game at Wrigley in 40 years and will fit into Chicago lore along with Billy goats and black cats plus the infamous Cubs losing streaks. Illinii running back Mikel LeShoure rushed for a school record 330 yards and 2 TDs.
In the first football game at the new Yankee Stadium, Notre Dame beat Army 27-3. In the home of champions in the Bronx, the Irish became bowl eligible with the victory with another strong defensive performance. They complete their season at Southern Cal before entertaining bowl invitations.
College Football Week Ten Notes
Oklahoma St receiver Justin Blackmon extended his Cowboy receiving records with his 10th straight 100 yard receiving and TD game. Blackmon had 10 catches for 130 yards and 1 TD. It brings his 2010 season totals to 85 receptions for 1415 yards and 16 TDs, working with emerging passer Brandon Weeden. As a third year sophomore, he could declare for the NFL Draft 2011 in January if he wants to leave Stillwater.
Nevada running back Vai Taua is an integral part of the Wolf Pack’s high-powered attack. He has set a new NCAA record with 24 games of over 100 yards on the ground. He is a highly developed back with the power to run inside and the quickness to get to the outside. He shows fine hands as an outlet receiver and is one of the more well-rounded and developed backs in the nation. He has moved up the charts as a pro prospect and with a strong showing in the postseason, he could be selected right after the top tier of running back prospects.
Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards