Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Statements Made: Roll Tide, Roll

Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide are hands down #1. The 31-6 statement-making victory in Tuscaloosa did exactly what it needed to, left no doubt. Their defense rattled the Gators into four turnovers and held them to just two field goals. The rushing attack of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson went over 100 yards rushing and added two touchdowns of their own. Saban dialed up his defense and thumped Urban Meyer for the second straight time. The SEC torch has been passed and by beating Florida handily and winning their 19th straight game, the Crimson Tide have left no questions unanswered. Next up: @ South Carolina, October 9th.

This thing they call Heisman, it is Michigan'sDenard Robinson's to lose. The 5-0 Wolverines are being led by a quarterback closing in on 1,000 yards rushing and completing close to 70% of his passes. Robinson has legged out a rushing touchdown and recorded over 100 yards rushing in each of his first five games. Impressed?!? An inter-state rivalry game this weekend with undefeated Michigan State and another ranked opponent in Iowa coming a week later, he is really going to be challenged. If saving Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez' job wasn't enough, making a real run at the Big 10 certainly will be. Past Wolverine Heisman winners Charles Woodson and Desmond Howard are about to have some company. All due respect to Kellen Moore, this is Denard Robinson's Heisman to lose.

Oregon is dangerous. The highest scoring offense in the land just put 52 on the board against a very good Standford team. Averaging 56.6 points per game, with wins against Stanford, Arizona State, and Tennessee, the Ducks have an actual National Title shot that can't be denied. Masoli who?!? With quarterback Darron Thomas leading the high flying Ducks to a 5-0 start, fans in Eugene are quickly forgetting former Duck signal caller Jeremiah Masoli. The sophomore from Houston, TX has already thrown for 13 touchdowns while leading Chip Kelly's high octane offense. Then there's LaMichael James. The 2nd year running back who in just four starts is averaging 178 yards per game and averaging exactly 8 yards per carry! In their most recent win over Stanford, James put up close to 260 yards and hit pay dirt three times! Why the exclamation points? Because their offense is phenomenal. Behind both James and Darron Thomas the Oregon Ducks look unstoppable, they'll leave a path of destruction as they rip through the PAC-10 this season.

The last two weeks have brought disaster to the Longhorns. Squads from Auburn, Nebraska, and Oklahoma have come away with big wins and remain in the top ten. As the weeks roll on and the nitty gritty arrive, what else is in store?!?

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