Florida State v Clemson

Heisman Update


Here’s how the top Heisman candidates fared this weekend:

Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State — 19 of 21 for 277 yards, 2 TDs, 0 interceptions, in a 59-3 win over Syracuse.

The redshirt freshman had a great game against the Orange and maintained his status as the (tentative) Heisman front runner.

Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor — 17 of 31 for 335 yards, 3 TDs, 2 rushing TDs, in a 63-34 win over Texas Tech.

Petty put up five total touchdowns for the second-straight week and gained strength in the Heisman race as a result. A big game against OSU looms next week.

Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon — 19 of 27 for 288 yards, 3 TDs, 0 interceptions in a 44-21 win over Utah.

Mariota benefitted from a quality outing, plus  he earned a likely bid in the Pac-12 title game as a result of USC’s win over Stanford. That’s another game for him to improve his numbers and impress voters.

AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama — 18 of 32 for 187 yards, 2 TDs, 2 interceptions in a 20-7 win over Mississippi State.

He needed a big game to gain momentum heading into next week’s game against Chattanooga. He didn’t get it.

How the vote would go if it was held today:

1. Winston

2. Johnn Manziel

3. Petty

4. Mariota

5. McCarron

6. Jordan Lynch

7. Teddy Bridgewater

8. Andre Williams

9. Braxton Miller

10. Derek Carr

Diagnosed with bovine leukemia, Bevo XIV retires immediately

Associated Press

Turns out Steve Spurrier isn’t the only iconic college football figure to retire this week.

Texas announced Tuesday evening Bevo XIV has been diagnosed with bovine leukemia and has been retired to his pasture, effective immediately.

Bevo XIV missed Saturday’s stunning upset of then-No. 10 Oklahoma with what the school called a “life threatening” illness, and rumors circulated around the internet this week he had passed away.

Bevo XIV officially hangs up his horns with a 106-41 record with two national championship appearances.

There is no word at press time on a possible debut of Bevo XV.

Dabo Swinney won’t stop talking about “Clemsoning”

Dabo Swinney
Associated Press

Urban Dictionary defines “Clemsoning” as “the act of an inexplicably disappointing performance, usually within the context of a college football season.”

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was asked about the phenomenon following the Tigers’ destruction of Georgia Tech Saturday and promptly went off. The question, asked by ESPN’s David Hale, was in reference to Swinney’s program shaking the label – Saturday marked Clemson’s 34th straight win over an unranked opponent – but Swinney didn’t see it that way.

Armed with some new facts (Clemson SID Tim Bourret noted 50 teams have fallen as ranked opponents to unranked foes since the Tigers last did so on Nov. 19, 2011), Swinney again targeted the “Clemsoning” label.

“I think it’s an agenda. It’s just bias,” Swinney told the Charleston (S.C.) Post & Courier Tuesday. “People are uneducated. They’re just ignorant and lazy because they’re not looking at the facts. If they did, they’d be focused on other schools and not Clemson. They’d be dialed in on what Clemson has done. There aren’t three other schools in the country as consistent as Clemson, in all aspects.”

I hate to break it to you, Dabo: you are absolutely correct, but the term, as they say, has been coined.

Just go beat Florida State, beat South Carolina, win the ACC and win a national title and maybe Urban Dictionary will delete that pesky page out of a sign of respect.

Also, No. 5 Clemson hosts unranked Boston College on Saturday. This would be a very, very unfortunate time for the Tigers to suffer an upset.