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'College Football Monday'
Frank Coyle's Blog Column
LSU and Oklahoma St. Win Huge Thrillers for SEC and Big 12 Leadership
Offensive Player of the Week – QB Brandon Weeden – Oklahoma St
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Danny Trevathan - Kentucky
Photo – QB Brandon Weeden - Oklahoma St
The matchup between #1 LSU and #2 Alabama became everything advertised if you like defensive football. Both clubs displayed physical dominant defenses that controlled the line of scrimmage that turned the classic into a field goal contrest that went into overtime. LSU prevailed 9-6 on the road that earns them a huge lead for the #1 ranking entering the final month of the regular season. They have the lead in the SEC West division to win the conference title that has dominated the national title five consecutive seasons.
The ranks of the unbeatens fell to just 5 clubs with the Alabama loss. Oklahoma St. remained perfect winning a Big 12 thriller vs once beaten Kansas St. 52-45. QB Brandon Weeden threw for a school record 502 yards vs the soft KSU secondary. What a contrast the two highly anticipated SEC and Big 12 clashes were with 15 total points scored by LSU/Alabama vs 97 points in the OSU/ KSU explosion.
Stanford, Oklahoma St and Boise St rank in the top 5 clubs in every poll with perfect records. Each face a major test this week. The Cardinal meets Oregon in a huge Pac 12 matchup while OSU meets upset minded Texas Tech and Boise St faces TCU.
All-American QB Case Keenum set another new NCAA career passing record. He moved past former Hawaiii QB Timmy Chang when he passed for 407 yards that eclipsed the record of 17,072 yards passing. Keenum continues his recovery from an early 2010 knee injury that cost him the season. He has the Cougars positioned to cause a major BCS uproar if they run their soft CUSA schedule. They are currently 9-0 while averaging 62 points per game over the last four games under the direction of Keenum.
LB Danny Trevathan of Kentucky had yet another monster game in Saturday's 30-13 win over Ole Miss. Trevathan collected 17 tackles, tying his career high, including an assisted tackle
for loss. He also had his fourth pass interception of the season, including his third-consecutive game with a pickoff. He wins our Defensive Player of the Week award.
Texas improved to (6-2, 3-2 in Big 12) with an impressive victory over Texas Tech. The Longhorns pounded the TT defense with 439 yards on the ground behind runners Joe Bergeron and Fozzy Whittaker. The victory makes Texas bowl eligible this postseason after missing out last year for the first time since the 1997 season. The Longhorns completed just two passes while building a 31-6 halftime lead.
Frank Coye’s Lombardi Award Semifinalists Vote – November 7th
1 Matt Kalil - Offensive Tackle, USC, 6-7, 295, Jr.
2 Melvin Ingram - Defensive End, South Carolina, 6-2, 276, Sr.
3 Jonathan Martin - Offensive Tackle, Stanford, 6-6, 304, Sr.
4 Vinny Curry - Defensive End, Marshall, 6-4, 263, Sr.
#2 Stanford vs #6 Oregon and #5 Boise St vs #24 Texas Christian are two of the top marquee matchups the upcoming weekend.
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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