Monday, October 22, 2012

Morning Six Pack: October 22, 2012 start another exciting work week with six cold, clear and refreshing college football stories from around the country.

Presumptive Heisman frontrunner Klein claims Camp honors

A dominating performance in a blowout win that pushed Collin Klein to the forefront of the Heisman discussion has also earned the Kansas State quarterback a prestigious national honor.

BCS Bowl Projections: Alabama vs. Kansas State Causes a Dilemma for the Fiesta Bowl

And just like that, the second week of the BCS Standings changes everything, starting with the BCS National Championship Game itself.

The Quad: Heisman Watch

Running back Kenjon Barner is at the heart of an award-worthy Oregon team, and Geno Smith will have to play nearly perfect for West Virginia to overcome his last two games and remain in contention for the Heisman Trophy.

Great Tide-Vol games? This wasn't one of them

That distinctive smell came wafting through the hallway outside of the Alabama locker room. It smells like … victory.

Chizik confident in coaches, says evaluation will come at end of season

Auburn coach Gene Chizik remains confident in his coaching staff despite a 1-6 start to the season - the worst for the program since 1952 - but said everyone is subject to evaluation after the season.


Now, this is the point in the column where I remind you that it certainly doesn't hurt to have an effective quarterback. In fact, it's likely the difference between a good team and a great team. Case in point: No. 1 Alabama (7-0).

Obviously, the first thing people think of when discussing Nick Saban's team is its stifling defense. And indeed, after holding Tennessee to 282 total yards in Saturday's 44-13 victory, the Crimson Tide remain No. 1 nationally in total defense (195.6 yards per game) and scoring defense (8.3 points per game). Alabama is also closely associated with its powerful rushing attack, which ground out 233 yards against the Vols.

But guess what? The Tide now boast the nation's most efficient passer as well. AJ McCarron, who went a scorching 17-of-22 for 306 yards and four touchdowns against Tennessee, is completing 68.8 percent of his throws for 1,476 yards, 16 touchdowns and, through seven games now, still no interceptions.

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