This Week in Brief
Nothing, nada, zip zero, ziltch. Pretty much the theme of this week as a grand total of Zero users have a game this week. Basically it’s putting the polish on your recruiting and preparing for championship week and bowls.
Baylor: The Bears picked up a 3 star LOLB Raymond Hudson this week, which moves them to #15 in recruiting class ranking
Arizona: The Wildcats are heating up heading into the last week for in-season recruiting. They picked up commitments from 3 star WR Chris Keith, 1 star LE Maurice Byers, and 3 star QB George James. This moved them into #122 place in the recruiting rankings.
Texas Tech: Tech continues its late season surge up the recruiting rankings nabbing another 5 star recruit in HB Anthony Jones, as well as 4 star CB Nathan Rankin, and 3 star RT Kerry Vaughn. Tech comes in at #24 this week.
UCLA: With Coach Lawrence’s focus on staying undefeated UCLA was silent this week as not a single target signed with them or any other team. Hopefully UCLA and Coach Lawrence have a solid recruiting week this week. The Bruins report in at #29 this week.
Ole Miss: Ole Miss had another good recruiting week, in spite of the poor play on the field, by securing commitments from three 3 stars: LOLB Tony Turner, CB Corey Brown, and HB Joel McDaniel. Hopefully this solid recruiting class helps Ole Miss on the field next season. The Rebels are at #59 this week.
UCF: The Knights pulled down arguably their biggest commitment so far in 4 star DT Dallas Poole. UCF hopes Poole can provide some stability on the D-line moving forward. The Knights check in at #90.
Miss St: The Bulldogs picked up two lowly 1 star recruits in FB Kyle Guidry, and CB Jonathan Haynes. Hopefully Coach Drayke can mine prospects like LHDBS and these guys turn out to be stars. Miss St. ranks #7 this week.
Oregon St: The Beavers were steady, but not flashy this week, securing 3 star WR John Thomas. Oregon St is looking for a big final week to help polish off what has been a better than anticipated class for them. The Beavers rank #8 this week.
With that let’s get to the recaps for Rivalry Week:
#4 Oregon State vs. #8 Oregon (Civil War)
This game lived up to its name sake with a back and forth game that came down to OT. The Beavers channeled their inner Bill Snyder holding the ball for 13:17, more than double the amount of time the Ducks had the ball. However, due Chris Harris (aka Marcus Marriota) quick strike ability on the ground the Duck managed to tie the game up in the 4th at 21 apiece. By winning the toss to start OT Oregon St. elected (smartly) to play D and held the Ducks to a field goal. On the very first offensive snap in OT Beavers, QB Nick Craft threw a middle screen to Tyler Dunbar who raced home for a 25 yard TD reception, capping off a comeback win for the Beavers 27-24. Duck tears filled the stadium as the small, but over joyed contingent of Oregon St. fans celebrated the Beavers victory. Player of the game award goes to Nick Craft who was 14/24 for 276 yards 3 TD’s and 1 INT.
#14 Mississippi State vs. Ole Miss (Egg bowl)
UPSET OF THE CENTURY??! Well that’s what happened folks. Ole Miss dug deep against on senior night against its in-state rival, and Hotty Toddy emerged victorious. Behind a ball control offense that held the ball for 13:04, and RB Jay McDonald, who pounded the rock 31 times for 103 yards and 2 scores, the Rebels were able to first force OT with a 4th quarter score before scoring the only points of OT to win the Egg bowl 27-21. Miss St. Heisman hopeful Richard Wheeler was held in check after a massive performance last week. He only rushed 15 times for 54 yards, although he did manage 1 score. Ole Miss’s starting QB Jack Herron was effective before succumbing to an injury, throwing for 142 with 6/7 completion for 2 TD’s and an INT. PB’s ability to motivate her team in the year’s final game should serve her well moving forward into next season. Stark and his bulldogs limp towards a mid-level bowl having finished the season with 3 disappointing losses.
Arizona State vs. Arizona (Duel in the Desert)
These rivalry games seem to bring the best out of both teams, and that happened again in this one. As Pervis pointed out last week Herbie is an idiot and ECAW proved that statement correct as The Wildcats were able to outscore the Sun Devils 31-28. Arizona did take a 17-7 advantage into half, but 14 3rd quarter points tied the game, and after trading TD’s Arizona scored one final time in the 4th to take the game by 4. For the first time in a long time ‘Zona was able to avoid the turnover bug, as QB Brian Stephens was an efficient 19/25 for 283 yards and 3 TD’s. So with Arizona doing its part to force 3 way tie in the south they rooted for BYU and UCLA to do their part, hoping to slide their way into a Pac-14 title game.
Texas Tech vs. BYU
Alas for ECAW and Arizona, the computerized version of Texas Tech was back after internet issues forced Grim to sim the game, and the computer decided that a 3 way tie for the south division was more than it could handle and gave Tech the victory 33-21. Tech moves on to face UCLA in the Pac-14 Championship.
#2 UCLA vs. USC (Battle for LA)
Defense was the story of this game with UCLA clamping down of USC, allowing only 3 points, 109 passing yards, and 117 rushing yards. UCLA was also its usually efficient self, throwing for 283 yards and rushing for another 119, allowing them to defeate the Trojans 28-3. Matt Cassel was 18/27 for 283 yards, 2 TD, and 2 INT’s, and had 83 yards rushing on 14 carries and 2 additional scores. Looks like someone was trying to pad stats for a Heisman run. With the victory UCLA finishes its regular season undefeated and in sole possession of the Pac-14 North title. Good job to Pervis as he moves on to face Texas Tech in the championship game.
USF vs. UCF (Creative Nickname Here*)
UCF decided it wanted to end its season with a bang, and did just that defeating the Bulls of USF 21-10. Sean Snyder utilized an offensive game plan pioneered and perfected by his father, running of 12 minutes of total clock time with his possessions and playing efficient in both the passing and running game. Player of the game award has to go to Charlie Joseph RB for UCF who toted the rock 19 times for 105 yards and a score. This victory helped UCF finish the season on a 3 game winning streak, and they have won 6 of their last 7. This should be helpful in UCF’s upcoming bowl preparation.
Previews? What Previews? Everyone has a bye. PB’s season is done so congratulate her on another victory over a User none the less. Everyone else is bowl eligible, and Pervis, Grim, and Tark are all playing in the championship games next week. The rest of us losers await the results of bowl selection to see who we face to wrap up our seasons. Let’s try to have this week done tonight. I’m advancing at 10:30 GOTZ (God’s own time zone) since it’s just recruiting. Now, onto the poll.