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December 1, 2008

The envelope, please: Dienhart's awards

Rivals.com senior national writer Tom Dienhart gives us a quick look at what he liked and what he didn't like from Week 14:

Photo of the week
Phillip Fulmer gets a ride from his players as he leaves the Neyland Stadium field for the final time as coach of Tennessee. The Vols sent Fulmer out a winner, beating Kentucky, 28-10.

Coaches

Wish I were him: Nick Saban, Alabama
Glad I'm not him: Mike Sherman, Texas A&M
Lucky guy: Mike Leach, Texas Tech
Poor guy: Mike Riley, Oregon State
Desperately seeking a clue: Rick Neuheisel, UCLA
Desperately seeking a P.R. man: Brian Kelly, Cincinnati
Desperately seeking sunglasses and a fake beard: Les Miles, LSU
Desperately seeking ... anything: Mark Richt, Georgia

Teams

Thought you'd kick butt, you did: Oklahoma
Thought you'd kick butt, you didn't: Oregon State
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you did: Florida State
Thought you'd get your butt kicked, you didn't: Arkansas
Dang, they're good: Alabama
Dang, they're bad: Colorado
You ain't fooling anybody (in a bad way): Arizona State
You're fooling everybody (in a good way): Nebraska
Did the season start? Auburn
Can the season end? UCLA
Can the season never end? Nebraska

Games

Play this again: Nebraska 40, Colorado 31
Never play this again: USC 38, Notre Dame 3
What? Georgia Tech 45, Georgia 42
Huh? Clemson 31, South Carolina 14
You kidding me? Arkansas 31, LSU 30
Oh my God! Kansas 40, Missouri 37
Told you so: Oklahoma 61, Oklahoma State 41

Players

Strike the pose: Texas' Colt McCoy was 23-of-28 for 311 yards with two passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and no interceptions in a 49-9 victory over Texas A&M.
Did you see that? Arizona State tied a major college record by scoring four defensive touchdowns in a 34-9 whipping of UCLA, keeping the Sun Devils' bowl hopes alive.
That hurts: Florida WR Percy Harvin sprained his right ankle in the second quarter at Florida State and didn't return. The Gators didn't need him during a 45-15 romp over the Seminoles.
Isn't that special: Alex Henery booted a 57-yard field with less than two minutes left to help propel Nebraska to a 40-31 win over Colorado.

Next week

Ticket to die for: Alabama vs. Florida in SEC title game in Atlanta
Best non-"Big Six" vs. "Big Six" matchup: Cincinnati at Hawaii
Best non-"Big Six" matchup: East Carolina at Tulsa in C-USA title game
Upset alert: Missouri vs. Oklahoma in Big 12 title game in Kansas City, Mo.
Must win: Army over Navy in Philadelphia
Offensive explosion: Missouri vs. Oklahoma in Big 12 title game in Kansas City, Mo.
Defensive struggle: Boston College vs. Virginia Tech in ACC title game in Tampa
Great game no one is talking about: Pittsburgh at Connecticut
Intriguing coaching matchup: Ball State's Brady Hoke vs. Buffalo's Turner Gill in MAC title game
Who's bringing the body bags? USC at UCLA
Why are they playing? Cincinnati at Hawaii
Plenty of good seats remaining: Washington at California
They shoot horses, don't they? Arizona State at Arizona

Tom Dienhart is a national senior writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at dienhart@yahoo-inc.com.



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