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College Football Week 1 – Big 12 can play defense?

Even though I am a student at a Big 12 school, even I will admit that our defense is… lacking. However, after a solid week one, a few Big 12 teams impressed me with their defensive performances.

Nebraska and Kansas allowed 3 points each and forced 3 and 2 turnovers respectively. A&M held New Mexico to 6 points and forced 2 turnovers. My own school, Missouri, held a high powered (or so we thought) Illinois offense to 9 points and 2 turnovers. Oklahoma’s defense was impressive even in the loss. The Sooners held the 20th ranked BYU Cougars to 14 points and forced 4 turnovers. The most impressive performance,57896.89Georgia-Oklahoma-St-Football.sff however, was Oklahoma State’s D that held the 13th ranked Georgia Bulldogs to only 10 points while forcing 3 turnovers.

The Cowboy’s defense stuffed the Bulldog rushing attack, allowing only 95 yards on a 30 carries. The timing of OSU’s defense was just as impressive. Normally, when a Big 12 defense plays well in the first 3 quarters, they tend to slack off during the 4th. The Cowboys allowed only 59 yards on three drives and forced 2 of their turnovers in the 4th quarter alone.

I know, I know, it is only week one. But, if the Big 12 can play at least a little defense – say, holding an opponent to under 30 points – their offenses can handle the rest. A couple more Big 12 defenses will be tested next weekend. Iowa State plays no. 22 Iowa at home, Baylor plays UConn, and Oklahoma State plays a high flyin’ Houston offense that put up 55 points in week one. Keep your eyes on Big 12 D.

-Pierce

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Pierce’s 2008 College Football Awards

Player of the Year: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

   He didn’t win the Heisman, but he beat the man that did to win the national championship. One of the most humble and respected players in the nation, Tebow improved as a quarterback and a leader this season. At the very least, Tebow proved why he deserves a shot at quarterback in the NFL. There isn’t much debate about who the player of the year is after the bowl games.

Offensive Player of the Year: Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa

   In the pre-season, everyone was talking about Knowshon Moreno and Beanie Wells. Now, everyone isOutback Bowl Footballtalking about this young fella out of Iowa. The Hawkeye’s rode Greene’s 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns to 9 wins and a win in the Outback bowl. Like Tebow to Florida, Greene was essential to Iowa’s success this season.

Defensive Player of the Year: Taylor Mays (S) and Rey Maualuga (LB), USC

   This award goes to the two most dominating players on the most dominating defense. The USC defense was number 1 in scoring defense and held opponents to under 7 points in 8 games. Mays and Maualuga brought something more than tackles and talent to the USC defense: they brought intimidation. Look for them to scare offense’s on sunday next season.

Biggest Surprises: Utah, Iowa, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma State:

   Nobody thought Utah would go undefeated again. Nobody thought Kirk Ferentz and Iowa would win 9 games and beat an undefeated Penn State. Nobody thought Ole Miss could compete in the mighty big SEC and beat Texas Tech. Nobody thought Oklahoma State could grab attention in a state ruled by Sooners.

Biggest Disappointments: Auburn and Michigan:

   Two traditional powerhouses fell from grace this year. Michigan did it with a new coach and a new system. Auburn did it with an old coach and an old system. Both teams did not play in a bowl game. Look on the bright side Tigers and Wolverines: it can only get better from here. Right? …Right?

Game of the Year: Texas @ Texas Tech, 11/1/08

   The game of the year also had the play of the year. With 8 seconds left in the game Tech quarterback Graham Harrell found wide receiver Michael Crabtree for a 28 yard touchdown. It was one of the few games (that didn’t involve the Packers or Mizzou) I was jumping up and down and yelling. More importantly, this game set off the “Big 12 Southgate” and the debate over who should be in the Big 12 championship game and, consequentially, the national championship game. For those of you who didn’t see it, I included a the clip in this post. Enjoy and see you next season folks!