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Art Schlichter of Ohio StateToday’s guest blogger is birthday boy Steve Golden. Steve has followed college football since the Art Schlichter days at Ohio State and has a great take on the remainder of the schedule and the BCS. Take it away Steve…

As you take a look at the first BCS Poll of  2008, there is one thing that is for sure.  At least 10 teams have a shot at Miami January 8th, 2009.

All ten play another Top 10 team except Alabama and USC.  Bama has been vulnerable lately against Kentucky and Ole Miss and still has a tough game at LSU and a rivalry game in the Iron Bowl against Auburn.  Tommy Tuberville is 7-2 against Bama and will likely be playing to keep his job…..again.  LSU is 3-1 in conference and still has visions of a repeat and will go with the strategy they know best in big situations and 4th downs…. “Les-ticles”.

USC has by far the easiest remaining schedule and likely will not stumble.  If they do, it may be to a revengeful and rejuvenated Notre Dame team or the cross town rivalry against UCLA.  You can “bet” Rick Neuheisel will have his very average team ready for the game December 6th, the same day as many of the Conference Tournaments.

Schedule breakdown after the jump… (more…)

Statement by Professor Emeritus Vince Mullins, Jr.
Following Meeting of the FCB Ministers and Bowl Subdivision Commissioners

Orlando, FL– At today’s meeting of the FCB Ministers and Bowl Subdivision Commissioners, we finalized an aggressive action plan to address the turmoil in college football in regards to upsets and the stresses on our academic institutions. This action plan provides a coherent framework that will direct our individual and collective policy steps to strengthen academic institutions, protect fantasy football owners, and provide liquid refreshment to tailgaters everywhere.

College football investors around the world have taken measures to enhance market stability by addressing market abuse. Here in the United States, we suggest steps to protect the investments of the American people by increasing scholarship limits at Michigan, Notre Dame, Auburn and Tennessee so they can return to prominence. (more…)

Jordan Shipley corralled 11 receptions and 2TD in the 2008 Red River Rivalry.which now seems to be a weekly occurrence…

Number one is not safe. Nor is being ranked third. Nor is rating as the fourth best team in the nation and having the leading Heisman Trophy candidate at QB wearing the jersey of a fallen teammate. The only reprieve in the top four was having the week off to witness the carnage.

#5 Texas took out #1 Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout Rivalry in a game for the ages, 45-35. The quarterbacks proved deserving of all the pregame hype, but the standout to me was the receiving and returning of Texas Jordan Shipley (right, Icon SMI). Shipley has fought back from years of nagging injuries and had his coming out party with numerous big plays, but none bigger than the kickoff return for TD that immediately halted any Sooner momentum.

FCB pollsters thought that OU would benefit more from this game, with Alabama right behind that (which I suppose was a vote for Texas?).

#2 Alabama may be at home wondering aloud if they get the top spot this week in the polls, or do the Longhorns leapfrog past them? Open letter to Alabama faithful – don’t sweat it, check the calendar. Keep up the great work in the SEC, notice Texas’ schedule over the next month and bide your time.

More on the Gators returning to the national title picture, and the Pokes stealing #1 dreams at The Zou after the jump.

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Time again to review who have been the best offenses over the last three years – we have found that many schools or even coordinators have an amazing track record of producing numbers every year and that should help narrow your focus on Draft Day.

This study uses team stats, not individual stats so this is not a tool to use by itself, you still need to do your depth chart research to layer upon this – for instance Navy led the nation the last three years in yards rushing but they usually split carries among four players. Expect that I will do that for our Preseason Owner Manual, but for now I wanted to put the stats on the site. As a quick back story, I have gone back to 2000 and ranked each college football offense on three variables:

  • Yards per play (YPP) to gauge big-play ability
  • Yards per game (YPG) since yards equal fantasy points
  • Touchdowns per game (TDG) since we shouldn’t care so much about kicker points and defensive TDs.

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