6 weeks in the books..

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  1. titangator

    titangator Walk On

    Sep 30, 2010
    6 weeks in the books..

    Six weeks of the 2011 college football season have been played and there are many storylines and scenarios taking shape:

    Raleigh, NC - Coach Paw has his Wolfpack off to a 6-0 start overall and 3-0 in the ACC. They are currently in a tie with Clemson and Florida State for the lead on the Atlantic side of the conference while the rest of the pack have at least 3 losses, we can safely say this will be a three horse race the rest of the year. The Wolfpack host Clemson this week in what should be a very good battle for at least a share of the Atlantic division lead with the Seminoles. The number 7 team in the lands offense is being led thus far by senior signal caller Russell Wilson and senior tailback Curtis Underwood. Wilson has already thrown for nearly 1400 yards through the first 6 games while also tossing 12 touchdown passes, only thing Coach Paw can ask for is ball security, for every 2 touchdown passes Wilson has thrown, 1 pick has followed it. Underwood is averaging just under 100 yards a game and almost 6 yards a carry. He has only put the ball on the ground once this season. The 3 leading pass catchers are also seniors, as you begin to get the feeling the Wolfpack have a chance to do great things with this senior led team. Leading receiver TJ Graham has 23 catches and 5 have went for touchdowns. graham has not dropped a pass this season. The Wolfpack also boast the number 1 rush defense in the land led by senior MLB Sterling Lucas who has 34 tackles on the season to go along with 1 interception. The outside backers, also seniors, Audie Cole and Dwayne Maddox have accounted for 23 and 19 tackles respectively, and a forced fumble. Junior cornerback CJ Wilson leads the team in interceptions with 3.
    Season grade - B+ - The Wolfpack have yet to be tested in a close game, while they have looked impressive, I would like to see how they respond to adversity before bumping the grade up to an A.

    Waco, TX - The Baylor Bears are 5-1 through 6 games, but more importantly to Coach Riggy they are 2-0 in Big 12 play putting them in a tie with only Texas in the south divsion of the Big 12. Baylor will host Texas next week in what will be a huge measuring stick for the Bears. Robert Griffin has been Mr Everything for Baylor thus far, and I do not see any reason that should not continue the rest of the season as he is a dynamic of a playmaker there is. Griffin has thrown for 1800 yards and 14 touchdowns this year, while running for right under 300 yards and 6 more touchdowns giving him a total of 20 touchdowns through 6 games. I see no reason for this offense to slow down at any point throughout the year, but in order for them to compete with Texas for the Big 12, the defense has got to step up and stop somebody, in particular the pass defense.
    Season grade - C - Offensively, majority of the time, one of the best in the nation. Defense has shown moments in games, but overall the team has been very inconsistent thus far this season. The loss at home to USF hurts.

    Manhattan, KS - Coach Toobac's Wildcats have gotten off to a shaky start to the 2011 season, but nothing has happened that cannot be fixed. Sitting at 3-2 overall, and 1-1 in Big 12 play they are fine, with the only conference loss coming at texas, who is in the opposite side of the conference, the Wildcats still control their own destiny to get to the Big 12 title game. The Wildcats will definitely need to improve their play in order to get there though, a narrow win over Kent State does not bode well for the Wildcats as they look to get through the rest of conference play unscathed, but Coach Toobac has said, conference games are a whole new season. His players will need to put the past behind them and buy into that in order to succeed the rest of the way. Junior quarterback Collin Klein got off to a slow start but has recently began to turn it around and he will need to continue his current hot streak for the Wildcats to succeed. Tailback jarrell Childs has also began to come alive recently. Klein threw for over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns last week agsint rival Kansas, they will need more of that as the year goes along.
    Season grade -C- - Up and down, hit or miss, that has been the Wildcats season thus far, one week you get 300 yards, the next week you get 100 yards and an interception and only 7 points scored.

    Piscataway, NJ - The number 21 Scarlet Knights led by Coach Alemic are currently 4-0 overall, 2-0 in Big East play and appear to have a very realistic shot at winning the schools first Big East conference title. After opening the season with two consecutive bye weeks, specially requested by Coach Alemic, stating that he wanted his team to be overly ready to play, the Scarlet Knights have dismantled the first 4 teams on their schedule by a total score of 145 to 58.the schedule has not been overly tough, but it does include wins over number 23 Pittsburgh and the tricky triple option attack at Navy. the defense has been dominant, number 5 in the nation dominant led by senior MLB Marvin Booker who has 28 tackles on the season, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. Sophomore corner Logan Ryan has been great in coverage picking off 3 passes. Tom Savage has been a staple of consistency throughout the year offensively and his receivers have made it easy for him. Five Rutgers receivers have at least 10 catches, and all 5 of these receievrs have at least 2 touchdowns.
    Season grade - B+ - While the schedule has not been overly tough, Rutgers has looked impressive and extremely balanced, and I love balance.

    Minneapolis, MN - The Golden Gophers are 5-0 and number 18 in the nation and coming off a 14 to 7 win over Indiana to open Big 10 play. The Gophers have done nothing overly impressive on the season, but they seem to keep on winning led by a strong defense and a great run game. The run game is led by senior Deleon Eskridge and sophomore Lamonte Edwards who both have over 330 yards on the season and a combined 7 touchdowns, and most improtantly ZERO fumbles. Junior Marqueis Gray has done exactly what the Gophers coach has asked him to do, protect the ball. he has thrown for nearly 1200 yards and 11 touchdowns, and only two interceptions. Defensively, you know you are doing good when 6 of your top 7 tacklers are linebackers and defensive lineman. Minnesota is not allowing anyone to break containment and the front 7 are among the best in the country led by junior outside linebacker Keanon Cooper who has 33 tackles and a forced fumble and counterpart junior middle linebacker Spencer Reeves who has 31 tackles, 2 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.
    Season grade - A- - Nothing has been pretty, but they keep winning and keep playing defense, and where I am from, defense wins championships.

    Evanston, IL - Coach Strm's Wildcats envisioned a better start to the season than what they have faced, but it is not panic time, not yet at least. Sitting at 3-2 and 1-1 and Big 10 play, the Wildcats are fine for now. Explosive passing game led by the nations leading passer Dan persa who has thrown for right under 2300 yards and 19 touchdowns, but also 13 interceptions. The lading rusher on the team has 51 yards and has only carried the ball 23 times so the more teams gear up to stop Persa the less succesful they will be until they find some sort of way to keep defenses balanced. While the passing game excels offensively, the pass defense is one of the worst in the country
    Season grade - C- - Zero defense, lots of turnovers, Zero run game = subpar season.

    Seattle, WA - The number 2 team in the nation has beaten two top 15 teams already and have a bye before traveling to Arizona to take on the Wildcats next week. Coach Tubb has the Huskies in position to win their first conference title since 2000 if they take care of business the way people expect them too. The only thing I see stopping them is turnovers and a lack of defense. QB Keith Price has already thrown 7 interceptions this season and fumbled once. The running game has looked great with the two headed monster of Deontae Cooper and starter Chris Polk who has ran for 357 yards and 5 touchdowns. Prices number 1 target has been unguaradble thus far this season, catching 23 passes for 438 yards and 6 touchdowns. The Huskies problem however lies on the defensive side of the ball, they have been sporadic in stopping the pass. Their next test, Arizona, has the number 9 pass offense in the nation, should be interesting.
    Season grade - A- - Very balanced team, if they can figure out a way to consistently stop people, look out.

    Sierra Vista, AZ - The Wildcats are 4-1 on the season and have two huge tests coming up with Cal this week before hosting number 2 Washington next week. Quarterback Nick Foles has thrown for 1700 yards and 11 touchdowns but also 7 interceptions. Coach Danny has made it a point that he must limit those mistakes. Foles has two excellent targets in Junior Travis Cobb and senior Bug Wright who have 26 and 20 catches respectively and both right around 500 yards receiving, with Cobb actually closer to 600. Senior wide out Juron Criner has been the red zone target however, at 6'4 he has 15 catches on the year, 5 for touchdowns.
    Season grade - B - Foles needs to limit turnovers, but if they can manage to get trough these next 2 weeks somehow, look for lots of people to show a lot of love to Coach Danny's Wildcats.

    Starkville, MS - Coach Hickerson's Bulldogs are off to the best start in recent memory of the program at 5-1 and 3-1 in SEC play. The Bulldogs trail the Rebels and the Crimson Tide in the west, but those two teams play each other this week so someone will own sole possession of the west this time next week. The Bulldogs have simply foudn ways to win this year, it hasnt been the prettiest and has taken overtime twice, but they have pulled them out, barring the lone loss to Coach Cimmy's Gamecocks. Chris Relf has been benched in favor of Tyler Russell, for now anyway, the two have flip flopped back and forth so much you never know who is going to start until they take the field. The Bulldogs get Louisiana Tech this week before finishing out the conference season.
    Season grade - B- - Nothing has came easy, and I think that makes the team better each week.

    Columbia, SC - Coach Cimmy has South Carolina out to a 6-0 start and 4-0 in SEC play. They had a classic win over Georgia in what should be a candidate for game of the year and then went to Starkville and handed he Bulldogs a loss the week after that. However, they lost their do it all back Marcus Lattimore in that game to an abdominal tear and has been out since, they say 6 -8 more weeks on the shelf with that injury. In his absence however, Stephen garcia has really stepped up to lead the team throwing for 1500 yards and 13 touchdowns to only 4 interceptions. Defensivley, they may have the best player in the nation in Toquavius Gilchrist who has 40 tackles and 3 forced fumbles.
    Season grade - B+ - A few impressive wins and not much left on the schedule except for Florida and Clemson to end the season, the Florida game could be for the SEC east.
  2. Cimmy24

    Cimmy24 Candy Ass Self

    Jul 6, 2009
    great stuff titan
  3. bigtubb_

    bigtubb_ Walk On

    Dec 10, 2009
    good job bro.....felt like a yahoo article
  4. ThePaw

    ThePaw I'm so seasonal it hurts, baby!

    Jun 22, 2010
    Excellent stuff man. I really enjoyed this!
  5. alemic

    alemic Walk On

    Oct 1, 2010
    wow man great stuff. finally somebody noticing Rutgers are a balanced offense that can take down any team in the nation with threats at every position
  6. slim

    slim Walk On

    Aug 29, 2010
    wow that was awesome and pretty damn accurate.
  7. quietstrm

    quietstrm Walk On

    Jul 27, 2010
    Good post Titan. Wildcats' season has not been pretty but we are getting better. Need a running games for sure.

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