On Saturday we saw a lot of ranked match ups. As usual this led to much excitement around the nation. So let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories from this week of intriguing games.
NC State Shocks #3 Florida State
The FSU Seminoles have been playing like National Champions in the past 5 weeks. Something happened on Saturday that might cost them a chance to compete for the National Crown. The un ranked NC State Wolfpack defeated the mighty Noles in Raleigh by a score of 17-16. The Noles did however come out very strong in the first half. The Noles defense stopped the Wolfpack for the first two quarters and went into halftime with a 16-0 lead. The Wolfpack out scroed the Noles in the third quarter 3-0. The real action took place in the final quarter when NC State’s QB Mike Glennon threw 2 TD passes to lead his team to victory. This was an unlikely outcome that will shake up the ACC and the National Championship picture.
#10 UF Gators Defeat #4 LSU Tigers
Florida’s defense was the key for their victory on Saturday. The Gators grinded out the entire game against the LSU Tigers and won the game 14-6. The Gators went into half time however trailing 6-0 but turned things around in the second half. The offensive star of the game was Gators running back Mike Gillislee. Gillislee ran for a 12 yard TD in the third quarter and also in the fourth quarter. This win was a big statement for the Gators to make. They might just be a better team than everyone thought.
#6 South Carolina Pummels #5 Georgia
The South Carolina Gamecocks came out strong jumping to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. The Georgia Bulldogs never had a chance in this game. The Game Cocks looked really good in this one. The final score was South Carolina 35, UGA 7. South Carolina QB Connor Shaw was the star in this game. Shaw was 6 for 10 passing with 162 yards and 2 TD passes, Shaw also had a rushing TD. This was not expected to be a one sided game but it was reality on Saturday Night.
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College Football had their fourth week of action on the 22nd of September. We had an upset of a top 25 team, Heisman level performances and a one of the best games of the season this past Saturday. So without further a do, 2centsworthofsports.com presents it’s top 3 stories.
The Hurricanes Defeat Georgia Tech In A Wild Game
The University of Miami and GA Tech squared off in an ACC battle on Saturday afternoon. No one had any idea they were about to have one of the most exciting games of the season thus far. Miami came out strong racking up a 19-0 lead in the first quarter. Both touchdown passes of the first quarter came from Miami’s starting QB Stephen Morris. GA Tech turned the tables in the second quarter scoring 22 unanswered points. Two of those scores were rushing TD’s from Tech’s running back Tevin Washington, the first was a 2-yard run and the second a 10-yard run. The score at halftime was 22-19 in favor of GA Tech. The third quarter brought more success for Tech who had 2 rushing TD’s, from Tony Zenon and Tevin Washington. Miami had only one field goal during the third quarter. Tech led 36-22 going into the final quarter. Miami came back in the fourth quarter with a rushing TD and passing TD to tie the game at 36 all and send the game into overtime. In overtime running back Mike James rushed for a 25-yard game winning touchdown, the game ended with Miami on top 42-36. This game was incredible and was a win the Hurricanes needed after starting the season with two disappointing losses.
#15 Kansas State upsets #6 Oklahoma
Kansas State came into Oklahoma on Saturday night with one objective. The objective was to avenge a heartbreaking loss last season at the hands of the Sooners. K State took the lead in the second quarter 7-3 with a 2 yard fumble recovered touchdown by Jarell Childs. K State kept the lead for the most of the game. The final score was 24-19 for K State. K State’s QB Collin Klien was the star of the game with 149 yards passing and 79 rushing. Klien also had a passing TD and scored a rushing TD with a 5-yard run into the end zone in the early part of the fourth quarter. The Sooners’ QB Landry Jones had a bad game giving up a fumble and throwing for an interception. The game puts Kansas State’s record at 4-0 and the win should put them in the top ten if not they will be very close.
#4 Florida State’s EJ Manuel Has A Great Game Against #10 Clemson
Florida State defeated Clemson 49-37 on Saturday night. The win puts the Seminoles at 4-0 for the season and has them charging through the season after the National Championship. The break out star of the night was FSU’s QB EJ Manuel. Manuel passed for 380 yards and ran for 102. He had two passing touchdowns while leading the Seminoles to the victory. This was a great win for FSU against a top ten opponent at home. The FSU faithful finally have a team that could capture the National Championship after years of not contending for the crown. This game also showed that the Seminoles have a possible Heisman candidate in EJ Manuel.
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This past off season Major League baseball did something they had not done since 1994. It changed it’s playoff structure by adding a new element.
Prior to 1995 there were just four teams involved in the post season. There was an Eastern and Western Champion in Both leagues who would play each other for the League Championship. Those two winners would go into the World Series and face off against the opposing leagues Champion. This had been the case since 1969.
The new system was enacted in 1994 but due to the strike shortened season it debuted in 1995. The system worked with each league having three divisions. Each division winner would go to the playoffs and the team with the best record that did not win a division would also go to the post season. There have been five wild card teams that have won a World Series since MLB instituted the wild card.
In November the commissioner of MLB, Bud Selig announced that their would be a second wild card team for each league. The two wild card teams would play each other in a one game playoff. The winner will advance to the divisional round of the playoffs and face one of the divisional champions. All that was added was basically one more game to each leagues playoff. We will see the first wild card playoff game in less than two weeks from now.
The new system obviously adds something to the final month of the season. More teams will be in the hunt for the post season with the additional wild card. Those teams games will also be more exciting down the stretch when MLB can be boring at times. It will also create a new buzz in the playoffs. However there is a draw back.
The two wild card teams might actually be pretty far apart records wise. The second wild card team will be given an opportunity for the playoffs they may not deserve. As of right now you have two teams at the top of the National League wild card race. The Atlanta Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals. The braves lead the Cardinals by 6 games. If the playoffs were to start today the Cardinals would get a one game playoff opportunity with the Braves they should not have.
This new system seems nice right now but over time it will dilute the MLB post season. One wild card team per league is just enough. If you have too many non playoff worthy teams getting a shot in the playoffs it will spell disaster for MLB. This is just another scheme by Selig to make more money off of the last month of the season and add more money to the post season television deals. MLB should go back to the four team per league system before the post season become watered down. As the old adage goes if it is not broke don’t fix it.
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The incredible action of week 1 carried into week 2 on Sunday. Week 2 brought many great match ups and answers to questions unanswered in week 1. 2centsworthofsports.com brings you the top 3 stories from the second week of the NFL.
Eli Manning Rallies His Giants Past The Buccs, Has A Career Game
Eli Manning and the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants suffered a disappointing loss in week 1 to the Cowboys. Anxious to prove they could repeat as Champions, the Giants played the Buccs in week 2 in what turned out to be a crazy game. The Buccs came out strong in the 1st half leading the Giants 24-13 going into half time. The Giants came out of half time only scoring 3 points in the 3rd quarter. The 4th quarter is when the Giants picked it up a notch by scoring 25 points. The Giants defeated the Buccs 41-34. The game was one of the wildest of the first 2 weeks. Eli Manning faltered early with 3 interceptions but made up for it with 510 yards passing and throwing for 3 touchdowns. The 510 passing yards were a career record for Manning in one game. The Buccs looked really strong in this game but lost due to Eli and his comeback heroics. Eli and the Giants showed in week 2 that they are ready to attempt a repeat at the Championship this year.
Andrew Luck Wins 1st Career Game
The number 1 overall pick in April’s Draft Andrew Luck came in with high expectations. In week 1 he did not meet them, week 2 was another story. Luck helped his Indianapolis Colts win their 1st game of the season on Sunday against then Minnesota Vikings, winning by a score of 23-20. Luck was 20-31 passing with 224 yards in the air and rushed for 21 yards. Luck scored his first 2 touchdown passes of his career in this game, his first was to Dwayne Allen and his second to Reggie Wayne. More importantly Luck threw no interceptions which was a huge improvement from week 1 where he threw 3. Luck has definitely improved from week 1 and should develop into a really good NFL QB over the course of the season.
Matt Ryan And The Falcons Defeat Peyton Manning And The Broncos On Monday Night
On Monday Night the Broncos came into Atlanta to face the Falcons in Prime Time. Matt Ryan and the Falcons were victorious and made a statement. The Falcons are likely back to the form they were in a couple of years ago. Matt Ryan led his team to the win with excellent passing. Ryan had 219 yards passing and had 2 touchdowns. Manning on the other hand had a rough night, throwing only 1 TD pass and throwing for 3 interceptions. The Falcons scored quickly and went into halftime with a 20-7 lead. In the 3rd quarter the Falcons scored 7 points while the Broncos had 0. In the 4th quarter Manning tried to lead his team to the comeback victory as his brother Eli did on Sunday but could not pull it off. The Broncos were able to score only 14 points in the final quarter. The final score was 27-21 in favor of the Falcons. It was an interesting match up with and even more interesting outcome. The Falcons are going to be a strong team for their NFC foes to compete with this season.
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Week 3 of NCAA action has come to a close. It was the most eventful week of the season thus far. There were a few ranked teams that were dethroned, many of which by other ranked teams. This was also the toughest week to narrow down all of the excitement into 3 stories. So let’s take a look at 2centsworthofsports.com’s top 3 stories.
#21 STANFORD UPSETS #2USC
Stanford Stadium was rocking as #21 Stanford Cardinals played host to #2 USC Trojans. Stanford has gotten the best of USC in the last three years, but those were teams led by now NFL rookie Andrew Luck. It was unknown if Stanford could keep the streak alive on Saturday night. The Cardinals proved they still have USC’s number in a 21-14 win over the Trojans. Cardinals running back Stepfan Taylor had a great performance, rushing for 153 yards and scoring 2 touchdowns. Stanford’s Quarterback Josh Nunes threw the game winning 37-yard TD pass to Zach Ertz with 11:10 remaining in the final quarter. With this win Standford moves to 3-0 for the season while USC now has a 2-1 record. USC is bowl eligible for the first time in 2 years and will now need to fight if they want to make it to the National Championship this year.
PITT SHOCKS #13 VIRGINIA TECH
Pitt came out strong on Saturday against #13 Virginia Tech. Pitt scored 14 unanswered points on Tech in the 1st quarter and led the game at halftime by a score of 21-3. Pitt won the game 35-14 and received strong performances from QB Tino Sunseri and running back Ray Graham. Sunseri was 19-28 passing and threw for283 yards with 3 touchdown passes and only 1 interception. Graham rushed for 94 yards and had 2 touchdowns. It was another story for the Hokies who struggled early on defense and their offense could not bring them back into the game. Hokies QB Logan Thomas was 14-31 and threw 3 interceptions. This win will likely put Pitt in the top 25 ranking and move the Hokies into the back of the top 25.
ARKANSAS DESTROYED BY #1 ALABAMA AT HOME
Arkansas went into last week ranked #8 and were upset by LA Monroe. That loss had the Razor Backs plunge out of the top 25 rankings. This game was expected to be tough for Arkansas but not a complete blow out. The Tide beat the living crap out of the Razorbacks winning the game 52-0. Alabama’s leading scorer was running back Eddie Lacy who rushed for 3 touchdowns. The Razorbacks did not have one single decent performance. Their leading rusher in the game was Johnathan Williams only ran for 6 yards. Their leading receivers were Chris Gragg and Austin Tate who only had 19 yards receiving a piece. The Razor back had high hopes for the season which have been completely crushed in Weeks 2 and 3. It will be a long season for the Razorbacks this year.
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The 2012 season is out of the gates and charging hard into the Fall. As anticipated the first week of NFL action brought much excitement and enjoyment as America’s number 1 sport began its new season. There were many potential story lines heading into week 1. Here are 2centsworthofsports.com’s Top 3 stories that developed on Sunday.
RG 3 Impresses In Rookie Debut
Robert Griffin III made his highly anticipated debut on Sunday in New Orleans against the Saints. Much like Cam Newton in his rookie season last year, RG3 rose to the occasion. Griffin lead the Redskins to a win over the Saints by a score of 40-32. More impressive than the victory were Griffin’s stats. Griffin was 19-26 with 320 yards passing, 42 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. Griffin completed his first 7 passes for over 123 yards. The most exciting play came in the 1st quarter when Griffin connected with Wide Receiver Pierre Garcon for an 88 yard touchdown pass. That TD pass would be Griffins first in the NFL and is a hell of a way to start a career. A statement was made on Sunday, Griffin is as good as we thought he would be and he makes the Redskins a legitimate threat.
Peyton Manning Showed No Signs Of Rust In His Broncos Debut
One of the first major NFL stories of the past off season was where would Peyton Manning land in free agency. The answer was Denver but that left a question remaining, how would he perform? Manning sat out the entire 2011 season after having undergone neck surgery. On Sunday night in Prime Time, Manning and the Broncos hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers. Manning was back to his usual form going 19-26 with 253 yards passing and 2 touchdown passes. The Broncos beat the Steelers 31-19 in the first game of the season. Manning showed how ready he was to be back in football. It is safe to say he will continue to be one of the best QB’s in the league this season.
#1 Pick Andrew Luck Has A Rough Debut In Chicago
The first overall pick in April’s Draft, Andrew Luck took to the field with his Colts to face the Chicago Bears. Luck came out of college with the same expectations that he is NFL ready. He may very well be but Sunday did not treat Luck very well. The Colts were defeated by the Bears by a score of 41-21. Luck was 25-43 passing with 309 yards passing, 9 yards rushing, 1 touchdown and threw for 3 interceptions. The Bears defense was too much for the Colts line who just did not give Luck enough time to be comfortable. Luck’s 3 interceptions show he was not mentally ready for this game. However his other stats look promising. The problem for Luck this season will be that the Colts have not provided him with the best supporting cast. Week 2 will be a good opportunity to see how Luck can recover from a tough loss and move forward.
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Like many sports fans I love numbers and of course numbers equal stats. So what better way to break down the most anticipated element of the 1st week of NFL action. The focus was on the top 5 rookie Quarterbacks. Those QB’s being Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Branden Weeden, Ryan Tannehill and Russell Wilson. So let’s let the numbers speak for themselves and see how these rookies did in their first NFL games.
Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
Completion Percentage: 73.1%
Passing Yards: 320
Rushing Yards: 42
Win (Defeated the Saints 40-32)
Andrew Luck (Colts)
Completion Percentage: 51.1%
Passing Yards: 309
Rushing Yards: 9
Loss (Defeated 41-21 by the Bears)
Branden Weeden (Browns)
Completion Percentage: 34.3%
Passing Yards: 118
Rushing Yards: 25
Loss (Defeated by the Eagles 17-16)
Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins)
Completion Percentage: 55.6%
Passing Yards: 219
Rushing Yards: -1
Loss (Defeated by Texans 30-10)
Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
Completion Percentage: 52.9%
Passing Yards: 153
Rushing Yards: 20
Loss (Defeated by the Cardinals 20-16)
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On Saturday the number 21 ranked team in the country Kansas State hosted the Miami Hurricanes for the first time ever. K State was led by their Heisman candidate QB Collin Klein. Klein had 169 yards passing, 54 yards rushing and 2 TD passes in a win against Missouri State last week. On the other side of the stadium the Miami Hurricanes were riding the hopes of their break out freshman running back Duke Johnson. Johnson 7 rushes for 135 yards and 2 TD runs in a week 1 win over Boston College. While K State was favored going into the game the Canes had a chance at pulling out the upset on the road.
The game however told a story that not even those favoring K State would have predicted. K State crushed the Canes by a final score of 52-13. The first quarter saw Klein and the K State squad looking really strong and dominating the Canes on the offensive side of the ball. The Canes made some mistakes in the first half, such as Duke Johnson dropping an open pass which would have led to a great gain of yards for the Canes. K State played their brand of football by using up the clock and wearing down the defense. K State made a mistake going into halftime when Klein tried a trick play reverse pass to his running back that led to a loss of yards and a missed field goal by K State. The momentum appeared to have changed going into half time with K State leading 24-6.
When the second half started the Canes had many chances to get their offense going but could not capitalize. K State picked their play back up even stronger than before in the 4th quarter. K State out scored The Canes 21 to 7 in the final quarter. Collin Klein put on a clinic of passing and rushing to finish the game. The only bright spot for the Canes in the second half and probably the entire game was a 77 yard kick off return by Duke Johnson. The Canes will have to work on developing Johnson who has tremendous potential but made too many mistakes.
Collin Klein had 210 yards passing, 81 yards rushing. With 1 TD pass and 3 rushing TD’s Klein showed how talented he really is on Saturday. We could be seeing Klein with the Heisman Trophy in December if he continues to put up numbers like he did in this game.
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College football is back! No longer do we have to wait for the moments and feel of one of the greatest sports seasons around. From now until the Winter we will be able to see the triumphs and heartbreaks that are what college football is all about. We will also get a peek at the future of professional football. Week 1 of college football is in the books, so let’s take a look at some of the major stories from the opening weekend.
BAMA Blows Out Michigan, Sights Set On A Repeat Championship
The most anticipated match up of week 1 was with out a doubt the defending Champions Alabama versus Michigan. Alabama came into this game ranked number 2 while Michigan was ranked number 8. The Tide pounded the Wolverines 41-14. Michigan’s Denard Robinson was expected to make a big impact in this game but came up short. Robinson had only 200 yards passing and was 11-26 in passing. Robinson’s only bright moment came when he threw a 71 yard pass before halftime that led to a 6-yard touchdown run for the QB. Bama’s defense was just too much for Michigan. The Tide will roll into the rest of the season hunting their next title. After Saturday night anyone who thinks they are not likely to repeat is just fooling themselves.
Penn State Continues To Feel The Blues
Penn State played Ohio on Saturday in a game that any other year would have been a blowout win for The Nittany Lions. This year was much different, Ohio won by a score of 24-14. This Penn State team is one that is trying to start its recovery from the penalties laid down by the NCAA in the wake of the Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. The team has been deprived of many talented players that were allowed to leave and play for other schools just weeks before the start of the season. Penn State did have an 11 point lead going into half time, but never scored another point for the remainder of the game. The home crowd was behind the Nittany Lions but it just wasn’t enough. This game could be a glimpse of how disappointing the 2012 season will be for the once mighty Penn State Football team.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith Shows He Is A Heisman Candidate
The West Virginia Mountaineers destroyed in state rival Marshall 69-34 on Saturday. The Mountaineers QB Geno Smith can take a lot of the credit for the win. Smith threw for 323 yards and had 4 touchdowns. The defense of Marshall could not contain the talent and aggressiveness of the Mountaineers. West Virginia had 655 yards on the offensive side, more than any other game last season. Ranked number 11 going into week one, the Mountaineers are going to move up as the weeks go on. They are a solid team with a great QB. Smith made himself the standout Heisman candidate this weekend and if he keeps up the incredible play will be in New York for the Ceremony in December.
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