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WKLC out of West Virginia every Friday
Classy 99 out of Spokane: 9:00 am - Sunday
at Notre Dame
Purdue at Iowa
Penn State at Wisconsin
Georgia at Alabama
McNeese State at Nebraska
AGAINST THE SPREAD
INSIDE99: (11-9-1 overall)
Clemson +14.5 over Florida State
Brigham Young -17 over Utah State
Notre Dame -8 over Stanford
San Jose State -6.5 over SMU
Wisconsin -2 over Penn State
Oklahoma -13.5 over Missouri
Arkansas State +20.5 over Middle Tennessee
Ricky Sixx: (10-8 overall)
-1 over Pittsburgh
Florida -13 over Mississippi
Kansas State -3.5 over Colorado
Oregon -8 over Arizona
Alabama -4 over Georgia
Ohio State -25 over Northwestern
West Virginia -3 over Maryland
PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Missouri senior cornerback R.J.
TEAM OF THE WEEK:
Senior picks off school-record three passes
MISSOURI'S JONES NAMED NAGURSKI PLAYER OF
(FWAA) Missouri senior cornerback
R.J. Jones (Mountain View, Calif.) is this
week's recipient of the Bronko Nagurski
National Defensive Player of the Week Award
for his performance in the Tigers' 44-7
win over Troy State this past Saturday in
Jones tied an MU single-game record with
three interceptions and returned the last
one 39 yards to set up a Tiger field goal.
He also broke up three passes on the afternoon
and had two tackles, including one for a
loss, in the game. Jones was part of a Tiger
defense that held Troy State to 300 yards
and seven points, well below the Trojans'
averages of 402 yards and 23.5 points per
game coming into Saturday's contest.
A three-person panel from the Football Writers
Association of America (FWAA) selects the
winner of the weekly award.
The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club
pick a National Defensive Player of the
Week each Monday. Pile will be added to
the Watch List for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy
which will be presented on Dec. 9 in Charlotte,
N.C., by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown
2002 Bronko Nagurski Players of the Week
Sept. 9: Maurice Sikes, Miami
Sept. 16: Shane Walton, Notre Dame
Sept. 23: Willie Pile, Virginia Tech
Sept. 30: R.J. Jones, Missouri
NOTES USED ON THE AIR
AT NOTRE DAME
COACH: Tyrone Willingham
was injured when he landed awkwardly on the shoulder
Sept. 21 against Michigan State. Backup is former
walk-on Pat Dillingham who everyone recognizes
as the hero from the last pass of the MSU game.
He is listed now as day-to-day, but has been practicing
in some drills without the sling. LOOK FOR HIM
like the offense can't be without Carlyle Holiday
for too long, Notre Dame would be in a world of
hurt if something happened to Grant,. He has 60
more carries than the next Irish running back.
West Coast offense has yet to click, but the Irish
have two weeks to work on it.
- It's still the team's strength. The Irish set
out to stop Michigan State's rushing attack and
succeeded. The Spartans rushed for only 53 yards;
leading rusher Dawan Moss gained only 9 yards
on nine attempts.
COACH: Buddy Teevens
QB’s - Neither Chris Lewis nor Kyle Matter
played like a first-stringer against Arizona State.
They will continue to push each other in practice,
and both are likely to see the field this week
against Notre Dame.
defense was supposed to be a work in progress
this season -- and it is. The current depth chart
lists six sophomore starters -- plus one redshirt
freshman -- and the inexperience showed against
Arizona State. The Cardinal has yielded 125 points
in three games, and that 41.7-point average.
RB Kerry Carter (knee) and starting WR Luke Powell
(sprained ankle) did not play at ASU, and are
listed as questionable for this week's game at
the way Stanford gave up passing yards in huge
chunks in a deflating loss at Arizona State, the
outlook for the rest of the season in the pass-happy
Pac-10 suddenly looks more bleak. ASU set a school
record for points in a Pac Ten game with a 65-24
(4-1) Big Ten: (1-0)
COACH: Kirk Ferentz
blowing a 24-6 lead against Iowa State and a 22-point
fourth-quarter lead against Penn State, Iowa settled
down during an overtime that must have felt oddly
familiar. C.J. Jones caught a 6-yard touchdown
pass in the extra period.
Hawkeyes played well on both sides of the ball
for three quarters against PSU. The run defense
was especially stout as the Penn State was held
to just 59 yards on the ground. Keep that up throughout
the Big Ten season and the Hawkeyes have a chance
to go to the Rose Bowl.
Fred Russell -- He was a workhorse against Penn
State, carrying 35 times for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Russell has the speed to break the long runs,
but he is also an effective inside runner. I really
feel this is the biggest break through as opposed
to what I felt in the preseason after losing a
guy like Ladell Betts. In comes Russell.
was sensational in the win. He threw four TD passes
and kept his cool in overtime. Banks completed
18 of 30 passes for 260 yards and 2 int’s.
(3-2) Big Ten: (1-0)
COACH: Joe Tiller
Purdue defense continues to make big plays. When
the Boilermakers came out of the locker room for
the second half last week, the Boilermaker defense
was not about to let Minnesota walk out of Ross-Ade
Stadium with a win. The defense made life miserable
for Minnesota QB Asad Abdul-Khaliq in the second
Purdue passing games still needs to improve. QB
Kyle Orton is making some progress -- he was 19-of-32
for 190 yards and one TD against the Gophers --
but head coach Joe Tiller would like to see a
breakout game from him.
coach Joe Tiller liked his running backs at the
start of the season. He thought the group -- led
by speedy Joey Harris and Montrell Lowe -- gave
Purdue its best running attack during his tenure
at Purdue. Then they started fumbling the ball.
Those fumbles badly hurt the Boilermakers in their
inexplicable home loss to Wake Forest and got
them in trouble against Minnesota in the Big Ten
STATE AT WISCONSIN
COACH: Joe Paterno
State needs to start the game more efficiently
and not depend on last-minute comebacks. The Nittany
Lions clearly were not ready at the start of the
game, while Iowa came out focused and efficient.
A well-rested Wisconsin team should be prepared
for the Nittany Lions this week.
State’s pass defense is suspect, we knew
it to start the season. The safeties Yaacov Yisrael
(knee) and Ben Lago (knee) are out for the season
and their losses have hurt. Bollinger is licking
his chops this week. The run defense is also questionable.
Mills is PSU at this point. The Penn State quarterback
was unable to come through in overtime, but he
threw four TD passes and led the team to a 22-point
fourth quarter comeback.
Bryant Johnson had a big game for the Nittany
Lions as he caught eight passes for 146 yards
and two touchdowns against the Hawkeyes. Johnson
is a big-play threat who can use his athleticism
to make big plays over the top of the defense.
COACH: Barry Alvarez
Badgers are coming off a bye week.
of Lee Evans? Everyone’s #1 Preseason All-American.
Evans went down with a torn ACL in the spring
game. He is listed as questionable. I thought
Wisconsin was doomed at that point. Now they are
5-0 and if Evans can get back to at least 90%,
Brooks Bollinger is not the most physically gifted
player in the league, but he has toughness, heart
and character. In addition to those strengths,
he makes his best throws when the game is on the
RB Anthony Davis has speed to burn and could give
the Penn State defense a terrible time if he can
get to the second level. Davis should be at his
best after the bye week.
The Wisconsin defense is not overly talented,
but the unit is very aggressive and competitive.
Only 3 starters back from 2001. The Badgers have
made big defensive plays down the stretch throughout
the season and the team seems to play with a swagger
when the game is on the line.
Gameday will be here in Tuscaloosa.
This game will be a huge measuring stick for both
teams. Alabama might be on probation and not eligible
to play a bowl game, but they sure act like they're
playing for a national championship.
COACH: Mark Richt
barely beat South Carolina and Clemson before
playing Northwestern State and New Mexico State
the past two weeks, so it's really difficult to
tell just how good the Bulldogs are.
five unit rankings at WR - WRs Terrence Edwards,
Fred Gibson and Damien Gary. It's a talented,
experienced position for the Bulldogs, but the
receivers are dropping way too many passes. Still
waiting for the offense to shine with all of the
fire power they have…David Greene was last
season’s SEC Freshman Of The Year. Dawgs
have played a weak schedule and still 89th in
the nation in total offense.
improving defense allowed only one touchdown for
the third consecutive game, but it has yet to
see the kind of hard-nosed offensive line and
running game it will face at Alabama.
COACH: Dennis Franchione
Tyler Watts and Brodie Croyle -- This is the game
within the game. Both QBs are capable of winning
for the Tide, but coach Dennis Franchione isn't
likely to play both on a regular basis. Brodie
Croyle's standout performance against Arkansas
last Saturday makes him the starting quarterback
defensive line continues to lead the way against
both the run and the pass. The combination of
Kenny King, Jarret Johnson, Kindal Moorehead makes
it tough to run between the tackles
BEST OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE LINES IN THE NATION!
It doesn’t matter who is injured at QB and
RB. I called it before the season started. Georgia
is headed into a beehive. I like Bama an awful
lot this year.
STATE AT NEBRASKA
COACH: Frank Solich
Out of the AP for first time since 1981
in the Big 12 North has shifted, at this point
you have to think the favorites to win the division
are Iowa State and Kansas State.
there a QB controversy now? Solich pulled Jamaal
Lord in favor of Mike Stuntz in the loss to Iowa
State. Not sure who will start this week. Lord
had two critical turnovers that led to scores
by Iowa State on Saturday while going 5 for 10
for 120 yards, but 90 came on a TD pass.
Can’t blame struggles on the QB as The offensive
line has not been able to open holes for the running
backs, who have not broken free for many big runs.
Nebraska running back Thunder Collins had his
eligibility restored by an NCAA committee Tuesday
and could play Saturday against McNeese State
after sitting the last 4 games.
VS. IOWA STATE- The Huskers committed five turnovers
in the game, leading to 17 Cyclone points and
ISU controlled the football, holding a 15-minute
advantage in time of possession.
MCNEESE STATE (4-0)
COACH: Tommy Tate
McNeese State is one of the top programs in Division
I-AA and enters Saturday’s game with a 4-0
record and a No. 2 national ranking.
Cowboys feature a run-oriented offensive attack,
averaging 230.8 yards per game on the ground
Scott Pendarvis triggers the Cowboys’ offensive
attack. The sophomore has completed nearly 60
percent of his passes.
MSU rushing attack is led by junior tailback Vick
King, who averages nearly 90 yards per game and
the Cowboys have been very strong against the
run, allowing four opponents to run for an average
of just 70.5 yards per contest.
this game in Lincoln is small potatoes. But many
of the predictions labeling the Huskers with 4-5
losses this year look to be about right. Nebraska
getting to the Big 12 title game is not going
to happen period. The defense isn’t the
same, and the passing game is the same if not
worse. The OL is not producing.