Thursday, September 30, 2010

"The U" is Back! Canes Kick Last Second FG, Upset #6 Oklahoma

Miami staged an upset for the ages last night, knocking off #5 Oklahoma 20-17 in front of a sellout crowd at Dolphins Stadium. Miami kicker Matt Bosher kicked a 34 yard FG as time expired to send the Hurricanes sidelines and the crowd into a frenzy.

Miami scored 13 unanswered second half points, while holding the Sooners scoreless, to cap off an improbabale comeback. In doing so, Miami not only moved above .500 for the season, at 6-5, but clinched the Big XII North division title. At two losses each, Miami wins the tiebreaker over Oklahoma. The Canes will square off against #1 Ohio State in Cowboys Stadium in week 15.

The Hurricanes have an important contest against at home against surging North Carolina next week, who will be close to a Top 10 ranking after this week's win over Tennessee. Oklahoma is now resigned to trying to sneak into one of the BCS Bowl at-large spots.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Cold, Snowy Weather Hits RUTS As Teams Roll in Week 11

Snowstorms blanketed much of the country (apparently) in Week 11, as the equipment managers for each team had to work overtime to pull out all the long sleeve under armor and parkas. Heavy snow and cold temperatures didn't stop the RUTS teams from steamrolling through their opponents. One team that has been on a roll lately are the North Carolina Tarheels. The #16 Tarheels have quietly reeled off 6 wins in a row, and with back to back user games coming up against Tennessee and Miami, the Heels, who have already clinched the SEC East title, have a chance to move into the Top 10 before playing Alabama in the SEC Title game. The Tarheels have used a stellar running game and a dominant defense during their winning streak, and Coach ChrisHicks21 gives much of the credit to his teams new uniform combinations, which have added energy to his team and given them the spark they needed.

Week 12 provides some big matchups. Including #1 Boise State traveling to Bryant Denney Stadium to face off against #4 Alabama. The Tide hope to crush the Broncos' dream of playing in the BCS title game.

In addition, the Volunteers of Tennessee travel to Chapel Hill to battle the Tarheels. In what could be a huge game for both programs, the Vols will look to build on the great success they've had recruiting this season (currently the #4 ranked class according to Rivals) and get a big win on the road, while UNC will look to keep their momentum going as they head toward the showdown with Alabama in the SEC title game in a few weeks.

In a potential trap game, the #6 Oklahoma Sooners travel to Miami to battle the Hurricanes. Miami's record is deceiving, and we look for the Canes to give the Sooners a fight. If Miami can run the football withe consistent success, the Sooners may be in for a fight to the finish!

RUTS3 Stats Leaders (as of Week 11)
Passing Yards/TDs - Darren Thomas, Oregon: 3,187 yards and 30 TDs
Fewest INTs - Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State: 4 INTs
Rushing Yards/TDs - Mark Ingram, Alabama: 1,233 yards and 17 rushing TDs
Receiving Yards and TDs - Lavasier Tuinei, Oregon: 1,136 yards and 9 TD rec
Tackles - Darren Myles Jr, Tennessee - 51 tackles
Sacks - Cameron Heyward, Ohio State - 8.5 sacks
INTs - (tie --- all of these players have 5 INTs)
           Robby Green, Alabama
           Morris Claiborne, LSU
           Devon Torrence, Ohio State
           Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Rammer Jammer! Crimson Tide Hold On To Defeat LSU 20-13

Rammer Jammer, Yellow Hammer...

#5 Alabama took a 17-3 lead into halftime and held on to defeat the #4 LSU Tigers 20-13 in Baton Rouge. LSU has hurt by three INTs but after recovering a late onside kick, still had an opportunity to tie the game at the end. it was a classic SEC battle and both teams' defensive units will be sore this morning.

Alabama all but locks up the SEC West title and puts itself in position to play for the national championship if it can win out, which would include defeating current #1 Boise State in a few weeks and the SEC East Champion in the conference title game.

LSU likely won't fall out of the Top 10 and could still find itself playing in a BCS Bowl Game at season's end.

It was a great win for the Crimson Tide, and it certainly made this fan a happy camper:

Here is an update on the current BCS Standings (heading into Week 10)
1. (tie) Boise State
1. (tie) Ohio State
3. Virginia Tech
4. LSU (before its loss to Alabama)
5. Alabama
6. Oklahoma
16. Oregon
19. North Carolina

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's LSU! It's Alabama! Smash Mouth RUTS Football At Its Best

It's hard to believe it's already Week 10 of Season 1. An already great season gets even better this week, as one of RUTS's biggest rivalries is renewed. In a battle of two Top 10, 1-loss teams, the Alabama Crimson Tide head to Baton Rouge to battle the LSU Tigers. The winner of this game will all but clinch the SEC West title, and the winner also remains in the chase for the BCS National Championship.

As usual, there has been plenty of tomfoolery and horse play between the two teams, their coaches, and their fan bases this week. Neither team likes or respects the other, and there has been plenty of trash talk this week. Rumors of a pregame dance off at midfield before the game have not been confirmed.

The LSU crowd will be rocking tonight. It's a game in Death Valley, and not many teams come out alive. Former LSU Head Coach UTVOL54, who coached the Tigers for 5 seasons in RUTS1, said "Death Valley is a trap, and Coach StuBucksman has never won in that stadium. I predict he will use this a motivation and have his team ready to play tonight."

Coach cjohnchavis has already warned his Tigers to not get caught up in the pregame hype, saying that "our defense is going to have to be rested to contain the RB duo of Ingram and Richardson." LSU's defense, one of the stingiest defense in the nation when it comes to giving up points could give the Alabama running game fits. "I doubt they'll score in double digits," scoffed LSU defensive coordinator cjohnchavis'sDad.

The fan bases of these two schools don't get along either, and with a full day of tailgating at their disposal, look for some rowdy fans tonight.

It's Officially Game Day in Baton Rouge!

Through all the trash talk and pregame chatter, Coach StuBucksman has been surprisingly stoic and has promised to keep his cool tonight, "I will not slam down my hat, headset, or controller during the game....that is my goal."
Chillin' Out, Maxin, Relaxin', All Cool....

Coach cjohnchavis scoffed at Coach Stu's comments and promises of no pregame pranks. "He's a flat out liar!" yelled Cjohnchavis. "The security cameras at Tiger Stadium offer all the proof I need, and I will not comment further."

You be the this Coach Stu?

Coach cjohnchavis has made conscious efforts to further fire up his fan base for tonight's game, even donating $50,000 to purchase souvenir posters for everyone who attends the game. "We have to be loud and show our Cajun pride," the Tigers Head Coach said.

ESPN's College Gameday is in town and after a long and boring show, fans were on the edge of their seats waiting for Lee Corso's pregame pick. Both teams bring a lot of confidence into this one, and we expect a knock-down, drag out battle. LSU's defense is so athletic, it may be tough for Bama to get the ground game going. However, the Alabama secondary might be able to slow down LSU's WRs and passing attack enough to keep this one low scoring on both sides. The RUTS Media think this one will be a well played game on both sides, with very few turnovers. It will come down to a 4th quarter stop by Alabama inside the red zone, and the Crimson Tide will do the unthinkable and escape Death Valley with a 14-10 victory, giving Coach Stu his first win on Tiger turf.

As for Lee Corso and the Gameday crew...they see things much differently, predicting a resounding LSU victory and eventual spot in the BCS title game!! Which ignited a frenzy among the Tiger faithful watching the show.

Ghey Love!? Lee Corso tickles a giddy Herbie after picking the Tigers!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Buckeye Mascot Gets Stalked, Beaten Down

Check out this hilarious video from last week's game between Ohio State and Ohio...Coach UTVOL54 or the RUTS3 version of the Buckeyes would never stand for such hooliganism!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Week 9 Showdowns and a Tie Atop 1st BCS Standings

In one of the most anticipated RUTS games of  the season, the #2 Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Norman this week to face off against the #3 Sooners of Oklahoma. In the "Haag Bowl," both head coaches, who are cordial and loving brothers on every other day of the year, turn into vicious and heated rivals. This rivalry turned sour earlier this week, when Sooner coach utvol27 spilled milk all over Buckeyes Coach UTVOL54 at the annual "Haag Bowl Oreo Eating Contest."

"He did it on purpose," said Coach UTVOL54. "Plus I was wearing khaki pants, and everyone thought I had pee pants for the rest of the afternoon. Throw in the fact that I smelled like spoiled milk and cottage cheese the rest of the day and it's more proof that he took this too far."

Coach utvol27 couldn't be reached for comment, but issued a written statement: "I have never been accused of spilling milk, and have certainly never spilled milk on purpose. These accusations are hurtful, and I will not feel sorry for my brother or his milk-stained khaki pants."

Who knows how this battle will shake out. But come game time, many experts predict a tight battle that could come down to the wire. The Sooners have made a longer climb to the #3 spot, after starting the season ranked outside of the Top 10. The Buckeyes, on paper, appear to be the better team, and have used their talent advantage throughout the season to make it 7-0.

The Buckeyes defense has been spectacular at forcing turnovers this season, while only committing two turnovers on offense (both Interceptions). If the turnover battle goes the Buckeyes' way in this one, it may be difficult for the Sooners to overcome.

Oklahoma's sterling sophomore QB Landry Jones has proved his doubters wrong, and has filled the shoes of Sam Bradford nicely. The Sooners' passing attack has led the way, and RB DeMarco Murray has provided a quick burst and hard-hitting running style to keep defenses off balance. We look for Oklahoma's offense to come out and establish the ground game early, chewing away the clock and keeping Terrelle Pryor and the high octane Buckeye offense off the field.

The winner of this game establishes themselves in the driver's seat for a BCS top 2 ranking until the conference title games. With a possible rematch in the Big XII title game on the horizon though, the losing team tonight could find themselves still in contention for a national title shot.

Playing in Norman will be tough on the Buckeyes. But, after notching big road wins at Tennessee, USC, and Oregon already this season, the Buckeyes should be capable of handling the hostile environment. This game will come down to field position and turnovers, along with how the Sooners' defense contains Terrelle Pryor's multi-dimensional attack. We look for a close battle, but Ohio State will prove to be too much for the Sooners on this day.....our a low scoring affair....Ohio State 17, Oklahoma 13

Want more on the history of the RUTS Haag Bowls?....Click the links below:

In another huge RUTS game this week, Coach cjohnchavis and the #6 LSU Tigers host #8 and undefeated Wisconsin in Death Valley. The Tigers, in their trek back toward the Top 5, have knocked off a few undefeated teams already. Look for the Badgers to put up a fight in Baton Rouge. The LSU defense will keep this one low scoring and Jordan Jefferson and the Tigers offense will score enough points to earn yet another big victory over a Top 10 team. Setting up next week's HUGE matchup against #7 Alabama, which will decide the SEC West Champion.

So, both this week and next, RUTS will see its top 4 ranked teams square off in games that could decide the direction of the season 1 national championship race. Buckle your seat belts!

BCS Standings (week 9)
1. (tie) Boise State
1. (tie) Ohio State
3. Oklahoma
4. Virginia Tech
5. Michigan State
6. LSU
7. Alabama
8. Wisconsin
9. Florida State
10. Arkansas
18. Oregon
25. North Carolina

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Weeks 6 & 7 Photos and a Look atThe Top 15

Top 15 (entering week 8)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Upcoming Games Set Up Playoff Scenario for RUTS Teams

At the season's halfway point, teams have found their strengths and weaknesses, and some teams have established themselves as legitimate contenders in the BCS National Championship race. And, just taking one glance at the weeks ahead, it's hard to argue that season 1 of RUTS3 is setting up just like a playoff race.

Four (and possibly five) RUTS teams remain in contention for the national title. Check out this lineup of upcoming games, that will surely determine who will be playing for all the marbles come bowl season. (Rankings are as of Week 7)

Week 7 (current week)
#5 Georgia Tech at #8 LSU
A victory over the Tigers would give the Yellow Jackets a big-time win and position themselves for an undefeated season. If the Tigers can stop the option and get the win, they remain smack dab in the middle of the national title hunt.

Week 8
#6 Florida State at #1 Ohio State
Are the Seminoles for real? Getting a big victory in Columbus might vault them to the top of the polls. The Buckeyes see this game as yet another hurdle in a brutal conference schedule...and hope they aren't caught looking ahead to their week 9 clash in Norman, Oklahoma!

#4 Oklahoma at #14 Oregon
The high powered Ducks offense could provide the Sooners with a scare in Eugene, OR. The Sooners, like the Buckeyes, can't get caught looking ahead. If Oregon plays mistake free football, this one could be close.

Week 9
#1 Ohio State at #4 Oklahoma
In a game that could be one of the season' best, the Sooners and the Buckeyes will battle it out. In all actuality, this game may not be all that important, as most analysts project these two teams to meet up again in the Big XII title game at Cowboys Stadium at the end of the season. If that projection pans out, the winner of THAT game will likely wind up playing for the national title, no matter who wins or loses in the week 9 contest.

Week 10
#7 Alabama at #8 LSU
Wow! What a game this could be. LSU's defense is one of the best in the nation, especially defending the run. Can they slow down Bama's dual threat RB attack? Both of these teams have 1 loss now, but the winner of this game stays in the hunt for the national title, and will all but lock up the SEC West title. The loser will have to settle for trying to fight their way back into a BCS Bowl game.

Week 12
#2 Boise State @ #7 Alabama
Will the Cindarella dream season finally die for the Broncos in Tuscaloosa? This could be a battle, but we predict the Tide will roll all over the Smurfs, eliminating them from all National Title talks.

Other notable games to watch:
Week 10 - #5 Georgia Tech vs. #3 Virginia Tech
Week 13 - #10 Michigan State (6-0) vs. #12 Penn State (5-1)

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Coach stinvol Reprimands QB Harris For Dress Code Violation

Citing a lack of common sense, Miami Head Coach stinvol has suspended starting QB Jacory Harris for pre-game warm ups at this week's game against rival Florida State. Harris, who was spotted on campus this week wearing this outfit, will be forced to sit in the locker room and twiddle his thumbs while the rest of the Hurricane teams gets to go through calisthenics, yoga, and a rigorous pre-game lunges circuit. Harris, at first, denied the photo was real, but later, everyone on planet Earth substantiated the rumors, as it was posted on Harris's Twitter account!

Along with the photo, Harris wrote, “Going to class with an Oakland raiders snap back, no shirt, with the Oakland raiders overalls! Fly!!!!!! I’m me!!“

Who knows how this huge distraction will impact Miami's chances to upset the undefeated Seminoles!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Weeks 1-5: A Photo Snapshot and Stats Leaders

Here are some photo highlights of season 1 so far. It's been a fun one so far, but still a long way to go...

                                               Oklahoma shocks #1 Alabama in Week 2

Oregon Downs Tennessee in Week 2

Ohio State's Defense Sacks LSU's Upset Bid in Week 4

Alabama and Mark Ingram Rebound at Miami in Week 3

LSU's Ridley Romps Through the Hurricanes in Week 1

In a Downpour, LSU Beats the All-Orange Clad Volunteers

                                     Tennessee's Luke Stocker Helps Vols Upset #4 Florida in Week 3

RUTS Stats Leaders (as of today) - RUTS teams only
Passing Yards & TDs - D. Thomas, Oregon - 1,418 yards, 17 TDs

Rushing Yards & TDs - M. Ingram, Alabama - 568 Yards, 7 TDs

Receiving Yards & TDs - D. Miller, Oklahoma - 561 yards, 7 TDs

Interceptions - (tie) D. Torrence, Ohio State and J. Nelson, Oklahoma - 3 INTs

Sacks - (tie) G. Williams, Tennessee; C. Heyward, Ohio State; K. Rowe, Oregon; Z. Clarke, Oregon - 5 sacks

Tackles - Darren Myles, Jr., Tennessee - 21 tackles

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Patch #3 for NCAA Coming on Tuesday

EA Sports has announced that a third patch for NCAA Football 11 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday September 7th. Along with the patch will be yet another “tuner” update. The most pressing issue with the game since the last patch has been the pump fake exploit and that will be taken care of here. Continue on to check out the full details of both the patch and the tuning pack and leave your thoughts in the comments!

Patch 3 Details

The pump fake exploit was resolved. The entire defense will no longer rush the QB after a pump fake.

Resolved an issue with setting SS/ FS to QB Spy and then blitzing, virtually unblocked.

Increased the Overall rating for incoming freshman. This resulted in one and two star freshman coming in at a higher overall rating.

In Season Progression is back! Players once again have the ability to get a slight boost to their ratings during the season.

There was an issue with Hawaii’s home schedule causing conflicts with particular teams. This has been resolved. In particular, teams in the Pac 10 and the WAC will now have the correct number of conference games.

Resolved an issue with the Rush Defense slider where they were only impacting defensive line special moves. They have been adjusted to also impact win/loss chances for blocking.

Live Tuning Pack 3

Kick Power/Kick Accuracy progression for Kickers and Punters was adjusted to be in line with the new incoming freshmen. Kickers and punters will now progress in line with other players, but will start with a higher average overall due to the improved recruit ratings in the patch.

Increased Awareness progression for all positions.

Increased progression slightly for Elusiveness, Spin Move, and Juke Move for Wide Receivers.

Increased progression of the Tackle rating for Corner Backs to be in line with WR skill ratings (Juke, Spin, and Elusiveness).

Reduced the frequency of defenders successfully jumping the snap. Also adjusted how frequently they would jump early when the offense performed a fake snap.

Tuned Man Coverage so defenders will not jump in front of routes so early. They will still jump the route, but not as early, or frequently, as before.

Adjusted in season progression to be in line with higher rated incoming freshmen.

Tuned Incoming freshman to better match the spread on the default rosters.

Tuned team prestige progression to be in line with the changes to incoming freshmen.