Foolish 2007 College Bowl Picks

Update: Winners updated. Records in future post.

The holidays have put us a little behind getting our college bowl picks up before the first few games, but hopefully, you had a pretty good idea who was going to win the Papajohns.com Bowl.

Check out our picks and see who’s right more often than anyone else–Yup, me. I’ll be facing off against a little known college football aficionado, Robert. Our picks are in chronological order, and if he is right more than me, we may just have to make him contribue to FantasyFootballFools.com a little more.

Cameron weighs in on our post-Christmas games for some insight from a true college football follower.

San Diego County Credit Union
WINNER: UTAH

  • Jacob: Utah
  • Robert: Utah

R+L Carriers New Orleans
WINNER: FLORIDA ATLANTIC

  • Jacob: Memphis
  • Robert: Florida Atlantic

Papajohns.com
WINNER: CINCINNATI

  • Jacob: Southern Mississippi
  • Robert: Cincinnati

New Mexico
WINNER: NEW MEXICO

  • Jacob: New Mexico (I mean, it’s there bowl and all)
  • Robert: New Mexico

Pioneer Las Vegas
WINNER: BYU

  • Jacob: BYU
  • Robert: BYU

Sheraton Hawaii
WINNER: EAST CAROLINA (What happened in this close one?)

  • Jacob: Boise State
  • Robert: Boise State

Now Cameron joins in for the rest of the picks…

Motor City
WINNER: PURDUE (That was close)

  • Jacob: Purdue
  • Robert: Purdue
  • Cameron: Purdue (Mainly because they are not a directional Michigan school)

Pacific Life Holiday
WINNER: TEXAS

  • Jacob: Texas (Hook ‘em)
  • Robert: Texas
  • Cameron: Texas (Please God)

(Disclaimer: All three of us are Longhorn alums)

Champs Sports
WINNER: BOSTON COLLEGE

  • Jacob: Boston College
  • Robert: Boston College
  • Cameron: Michigan St. (Goin out on a limb. BC lost 3 of their last 5 games)

Texas
WINNER: TCU

  • Jacob: TCU (They’re from Texas)
  • Robert: Houston
  • Cameron: TCU (Houston has lost 7 straight to TCU and their last 8 bowl games)

Emerald
WINNER: OREGON STATE

  • Jacob: Maryland
  • Robert: Maryland
  • Cameron: Oregon State (Coming off a win against in-state rival Oregon)

Meineke Car Care
WINNER: WAKE FOREST

  • Jacob: Wake Forest (When in doubt, don’t doubt the Wake)
  • Robert: Connecticut
  • Cameron: Connecticut (A team I have been high on all season)

AutoZone Liberty
WINNER: MISSISSIPPI STATE

  • Jacob: UCF
  • Robert: Mississippi State
  • Cameron: UCF (With Heisman snub Kevin Smith at the helm, they will run and run)

Valero Alamo
WINNER: PENN STATE

  • Jacob: Penn State
  • Robert: Penn State
  • Cameron: Penn State (After a big win against Texas last year, A&M came out flat. Expect the same)

PetroSun Independence
WINNER: ALABAMA

  • Jacob: Colorado
  • Robert: Alabama
  • Cameron: Colorado (Alabama coming in on a 4-game losing streak)

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
WINNER: CALIFORNIA

  • Jacob: Air Force
  • Robert: Air Force
  • Cameron: Air Force (Cal coming in losing 6 of their last 7)

Roady’s Humanitarian
WINNER: FRESNO STATE

  • Jacob: Georgia Tech
  • Robert: Georgia Tech
  • Cameron: Georgia Tech (Just because)

Brut Sun
WINNER: OREGON (Apparently, Oregon is something without Dixon)

  • Jacob: South Florida
  • Robert: South Florida
  • Cameron: South Florida (Oregon is nothing without Dixon; plus, they have a Leaf brother playing QB)

Gaylord Hotels Music City
WINNER: KENTUCKY

  • Jacob: Kentucky
  • Robert: Kentucky
  • Cameron: Kentucky (Because they don’t cheat and lose half of their team)

Insight
WINNER: OKLAHOMA STATE

  • Jacob: Oklahoma State
  • Robert: Oklahoma State
  • Cameron: Indiana (Never know which OK State team is going to show up)

Chick-fil-A
WINNER: AUBURN

  • Jacob: Clemson
  • Robert: Auburn
  • Cameron: Clemson (Great one two punch at RB with Davis and Spiller)

Outback
WINNER: TENNESSEE

  • Jacob: Tennessee
  • Robert: Wisconsin
  • Cameron: Tennessee (PJ Hill might not play for Wisconsin, which would mean trouble)

AT&T Cotton
WINNER: MISSOURI

  • Jacob: Missouri
  • Robert: Missouri
  • Cameron: Arkansas (Missouri may be a little flat after the Big XII championship loss and may not have the defense to stop McFadden and Jones)

Konica Minolta Gator
WINNER: TEXAS TECH

  • Jacob: Texas Tech (I’m a Big 12 man)
  • Robert: Texas Tech
  • Cameron: Virginia (UV actually has the kind of defense that can hurry up Harrell and knock him down, especially with DE Chris Long)

Capital One
WINNER: MICHIGAN (Never bet against a team devoted to sending a great coach off right)

  • Jacob: Florida
  • Robert: Florida
  • Cameron: Florida (Florida played a way tougher schedule than Michigan, and it will show)

Rose Bowl Presented by Citi–they paid us to say that
WINNER: USC (Illinois should have never been in a bowl game. They certainly weren’t in this one.)

  • Jacob: USC
  • Robert: USC
  • Cameron: USC (I will be pulling for Illinois, but their athletes can’t match up to USC)

Allstate Sugar
WINNER: GEORGIA (I guess he is a system QB and/or the Hawaii linemen or worthless sacks of fatty meat.)

  • Jacob: Hawaii (I don’t think he’s just a system QB)
  • Robert: Georgia
  • Cameron: Georgia (I see this being a very close game with Georgia coming out on top because of their running game)

Tostitos Fiesta
WINNER: WEST VIRGINIA (Ouch, Stoops. Has anyone told the OU players lately that the season isn’t over after the Big 12 Championship?)

  • Jacob: Oklahoma
  • Robert: Oklahoma
  • Cameron: Oklahoma (Don’t expect OU to be caught napping again)

FedEx Orange
WINNER: KANSAS ( It was a clutch victory for Kansas and for my predictions!)

  • Jacob: Kansas
  • Robert: Virginia Tech
  • Cameron: Virginia Tech (Their D will hit Kansas in the mouth)

International
WINNER: RUTGERS (Was there any doubt? Ball State?)

  • Jacob: Rutgers
  • Robert: Rutgers
  • Cameron: Rutgers (Who cares?)

GMAC
WINNER: TULSA (I’m sorry if you watched this game. REALLY sorry.)

  • Jacob: Tulsa
  • Robert: Tulsa
  • Cameron: Tulsa (I love their offense, especially with Paul Smith running the show)

Allstate BCS Championship Game
WINNER: LSU (Can we just put OU and OSU in the same boat and say, “Stop trying.”)

  • Jacob: LSU
  • Robert: LSU
  • Cameron: Ohio State (Because the BCS wouldn’t allow a two-loss champion, would it?)

Check future post for a complete summary of how the three of us came out on this bowl season.

Who to watch this bowl season

It seems like I am practically syndicating these guys lately, but The 5 Minute Drill is back again with some good stars to watch during your bowl viewing.

These guys might be standout rookies sometime soon for your fantasy football draft, so it wouldn’t be a bad idea to scout their bowl performances.

[Note: Fantasy Football College Bowl Preview episode of “The 5 Minute Drill” removed due to ONnetworks going offline. You can view the podcasts on iTunes or find out more about them at the Footballguys.com link above.]

College now. We’re de-evolving.

I don’t know if any of you noticed while you were painting your ‘Tebow 4 Prez’ signs, but we have now posted up our first contribution to the college sports commentary arena.

Although you probably didn’t listen to our statistical berating, Mr. Heisman voter, you should have. You heard me.

Look for more stuff you should know from the Cam man, Cameron, as he continues to contribute, and I continue to justify to myself in the mirror why I help other people get better at fantasy football.

Who’s that sly mug right there? Oh right, that’s me.

And the Heisman goes to…

This year’s Heisman chase is coming down to what looks like a two-man race. Most pundits have either Tim Tebow of Florida or Darren McFadden of Arkansas as the eventual winner. In their eyes, these are the only two players worthy of such an award. Making use of a trite and overused saying, especially if you have played NCAA ’02 through ’08, “Not so fast my friend.”

I’m not saying that Tebow or McFadden shouldn’t win the award; I’m merely stating that other candidates should be looked at as well. Here is a list of some of the candidates that are or should be up for the award.

THE SHOE-INS

Tim Tebow: The Cannonball

If there is one thing that you can’t ignore about Tim Tebow, it’s the numbers: 29 passing touchdowns, 22 rushing touchdowns. That will grab anyone’s attention, especially the voters. There is just one number I can’t ignore: 3, as in 3 losses. I know this has been a crazy year and all, but it’s hard for me to say that someone is a Heisman winner when his team is 9-3.

Let’s look at those losses:

  • Auburn: 1 rushing TD, 1 passing TD, 1 INT
  • LSU: 2 passing TDs, 1 rushing TD, 1 INT
  • Georgia: 1 passing TD, 2 rushing TDs (-15 yard rushing)

Tebow did not play exceptionally well in any of those games. I know they were tough games, but that is when the Heisman winner is supposed to shine.

Lets take a look at the rushing touchdowns. I know he is being praised for having 22 rushing touchdowns, but let’s look at the numbers. Eighty percent (16/20) of these rushing TDs were distances of 5 yards or less. If Florida used a fullback, he would be getting most of these carries. Only two of his touchdowns were plays of 15 yards. When I see Tebow, I think of a cannonball that was just shot out of the 1st and 2 from the goal cannon.

Heisman-Tim Tebow
Ready…Aim…Touchdown!

I’m not trying to take away from the fact that he put up amazing TD numbers because he did. I just think that the voters need to recognize that they all weren’t amazingly difficult touchdowns. All in all, Tebow will either be first or second in the voting, and deservedly so, but other candidates should not be brushed aside because of it.

Darren McFadden: The Quarterback?

Next, there is Darren McFadden. The Pro. The Prospect. The Future. These are all things I hear about McFadden. He is being touted as the most NFL-ready running back this year and rightfully so. I believe he can be as productive as Adrian Peterson at the next level.

All that behind us, the Heisman should go to the best college player of the year. McFadden had an outstanding year, but lead his team to an 8-4 record. Usually, the quarterback is the leader of the team, but hell, McFadden played quarterback half of the time, so he should shoulder some of the blame.

During Arkansas’ four losses, McFadden scored 3 times. Two of the losses he was held scoreless. For someone to be considered the best, I believe he should perform on the biggest stage and perform well. Not scoring when it is absolutely crucial is a big no no. I do give props to McFadden for playing some quarterback during the LSU victory. I also give props to McFadden for living in Arkansas for three years–that is worthy of a Heisman in its self. While McFadden was an outstanding back and will be an excellent pro, I do not believe that he was the best college back this year. We’ll talk about that back later.

Heisman-Darren McFadden
Arkansas, home of Heisman hopefuls…and pigs, that’s about it

THE REST OF THE PACK

Now these guys in the rest of the pack won’t be scrutinized as hard seeing as they are not being actively considered as the front runners in the race. These are players that I feel should get some recognition for having good years.

Graham Harrell, Paul Smith, Colt Brennan: The Three Headed Scoring Machine

What do most fans of college football want to see? The answer isn’t a foot race between Mark Mangino and his chins; the answer is touchdowns. Where else are you going to find touchdown than the high-octane offenses featuring Graham Harrell, Colt Brennan and Paul Smith. Let’s take a look at the stats of these guys.

  • Graham Harrell [QB Texas Tech]:
    45 TD (Rank:1), 5,298 yds (Rank:1)
  • Paul Smith [QB Tulsa]:
    42 TD (Rank:2), 4,753 yds (Rank:2), 12 Rushing TDs
  • Colt Brennan [QB Hawaii]:
    38 TD (Rank:3), 4,174 yds (Rank:4)

Heisman-Graham Harrell, Colt Brennan, Paul Smith
And to the right, you will see ZERO Heisman votes

I know you can’t go off of numbers alone, but these numbers are incredible. All of these quarterbacks have also put up similar or better records to the two main contenders. Because of these high-flying offenses, these players are labeled as system quarterback and always will be labeled that way. It’s an easy way for the Heisman voters to dismiss their successful seasons without feeling bad about it. Maybe one of these quarterbacks will just have to go undefeated…Oh wait, sorry Colt.

Chase Daniel: The Mighty Midget

Oh Chase Daniel, how mighty you were two weeks ago. Two weeks ago, you were in the drivers seat for the Heisman, and all you needed was a victory over Oklahoma. How soon everyone forgets about that.

Chase Daniel had a magnificent season throwing for 33 TDs and leading his team to the Big XII championship game, something neither Tebow nor McFadden did. Too bad he had to run into OU and Sam Bradford, who will be in the Heisman discussion soon enough. While Daniel didn’t put up in-your-face numbers, he still led his team to victory week after week while being the best quarterback on the best team (for one week). Daniel did all of this while barely being able to see over the offensive line and standing in at 5 foot 3 inches.

Heisman-Chase Daniels
I can see your ass from here

While he will no doubt get an invite because of the late season hype, he will not come close to sniffing the jocks of the big two. I say to Chase, “maybe next year.” But then again, Tebow may win his second Heisman, so good luck with that.

Kevin Smith: Barry Who?

Now let’s take a look at my choice for the 2007 Heisman award.

  • Most rushing yards in the NCAA, check.
  • Leads nation in scoring and touchdowns scored, check.
  • Led team to 10 wins and conference championship, check.

What else do you want from a Heisman winner? What most people don’t realize is that Kevin Smith has rushed for 2,448 yards. What most people also don’t realize is that 2, 448 yards is the SECOND most all time for yards in a season, behind the elusive one-year-wonder Barry Sanders. In fact, Kevin Smith is 181 yards away from breaking Sander’s single season mark. One big bowl game for Kevin Smith, and he breaks it.

He will not be invited to the ceremony, and that is a shame. The best college football player this year has to wait until next year, but I doubt he will stick around to get snubbed again.

Heisman-Kevin Smith
Hey Barry, if you sell your Heisman like OJ, let me know.