Thursday, December 15, 2011

Season 3 Team Schedules and Preseason Polls

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Season 3 Preseason Poll

#1 Florida State
#2 Oklahoma
#3 Oregon
#5 Michigan
#6 LSU
#7 Alabama
#8 USC
#9 Texas
#13 Miami
#25 Washington

Monday, December 12, 2011

Game Recap/Photos: Seminoles beat USC 48-20 to claim season 2 BCS title

FSU WR Willie Haulstead hauls in a pass and eludes USC defenders.

USC's Brice Butler returns a kickoff back inside the FSU 10 before K/P Shawn Powell drags him down by the nuts!

One of 6 sacks on the night for All-American DT Everett Dawkins. The Seminoles finished with 9 total sacks.

Senior QB EJ Manuel throws a 58 yard bomb to a wide open WR.

I told you he was wide open!

One of four TDs on the night for senior tailback Chris Thompson.

Thompson finished with 240 rushing yards on the night, a season high.

Thompson had TD runs of 61, 74, 13, and 14 yards.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Corso Predicts BCS Title Game Winner

Hours before BCS title game, Corso disses No-Name USC QB

Clay runs away with Heisman win; Bowl Games Announced

The season 2 Heisman winner, in a runaway vote, is Oklahoma RB Brennan Clay. Clay gives the Sooners back-to-back Heisman winning RBs, and dating back to Season 5 of RUTS3, it's Coach Gump's third consecutive Heisman winning player.

On the season, Clay rushed for an astounding 3, 884 yards and 84 total TDs.

Last season, Sooner RB Roy Finch won the Heisman Trophy, only to transfer to UCF, where he sat on the bench this season.

Bowl Game Lineup

BCS National Championship Game
#1 Florida State vs. #2 USC

Rose Bowl
#3 Michigan vs. #6 Alabama

Capital One Bowl
#7 LSU vs. #18 Michigan State

Outback Bowl
#14 Miami vs. Iowa

Alamo Bowl
#4 Oklahoma vs. #16 Baylor

Holiday Bowl
#5 Texas vs. Texas Tech

Sun Bowl
#9 Oregon vs. South Carolina

Las Vegas Bowl
Washington vs. Air Force

Ducks can't slip past Trojans...USC advances to BCS title game

USC led 17-7 early in the 4th quarter when the game kept disconnecting. Bummer, but both coaches agreed to give the Trojans the win!

USC moves on to face #1 Florida State in the season 2 BCS National Championship Game.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Seminoles Blank Alabama 41-0, Await Opponent in BCS title game

The #1 Florida State Seminoles defeated #2 Alabama 41-0 in the season 2 SEC Championship Game last night. The victory, FSU's and Coach UTVOL54's 27th consecutive in RUTS4, earns the Seminoles a return trip to the BCS National Championship Game in Miami. They will face the winner of tonight's Pac 12 title game between #3 USC and #4 Oregon.

Backup tailback Jermaine Thomas hauls in an 18 yard TD pass 

The Seminoles took control of the game early, building a 7-0 lead after their first drive. But, it was the FSU defense that took a close game in the first half and created separation.

The Noles defense (which is giving up an average of 9.2 points-per-game this season) had 9 sacks on the night and forced 4 turnovers, holding Alabama to 87 yards of total offense and -11 yards rushing. Heisman candidate Trent Richardson was held in check and the Tide only stepped foot on FSU's side of the 50 yard line once all night.

One of 9 sacks by FSU's defense.
"I was really pleased with how our defense stepped up tonight," said a Gatorade-soaked Coach UTVOL54. "We've got a good offense, but as a team, we understand that it's our defense that can make this a special season."

The versatile Noles offense put up reasonable numbers, but Alabama's stout defense was able to hold FSU RB Chris Thompson (14 car, 57 yds) in check for the most part. But, the Noles were able to make big plays, build a lead, and force Alabama into a passing game.

The loss will likely send Alabama to the Capital One Bowl, and send LSU to the Sugar Bowl.

"We had a great season," said Tide Coach zeejaydee. "It's not over yet, and we want to go out with a bowl win! A 12-win season, for this team, would be something special. We're disappointed we came up short tonight though."

Coach UTVOL54 will be anxiously waiting to see who his team will play in Miami.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Conference Championship Week is Here

It's conference title week, and four RUTS teams are left standing with a chance to win their conference championship and earn a spot in the season 2 BCS National Championship Game.

The SEC Championship Game is played tonight in Atlanta's Georgia Dome as the #1 Florida State Seminoles face the #2 Alabama Crimson Tide. This game is being dubbed "The Game of the Century Part II," as #1 and #2 will clash on the gridiron for the second time this season (#1 FSU defeated #2 LSU 27-21 earlier this season).

The Seminoles were pegged for this game for a while. The defending national champions started the season #2 but quickly rose to #1 and have stayed there all season. Dating back to the beginning of RUTS4,  Coach UTVOL54 and the Seminoles are 26-0. The 26-game winning streak is the longest in RUTS history.

To reach 27 wins in a row, the Noles will have to face off against a fierce Crimson Tide team and a surging Coach zeejaydee, who has had a career season. After losing 28-16 to Miami in Week 4, the 11-1 Tide have reeled off 9 straight wins and leaped to #2 in all polls. Alabama has used workhorse RB Trent Richardson to pound opponents with 1,978 rushing yards.  Then, in week 12, the Tide upset LSU to earn the right to play in the SEC Championship, Coach zeejaydee's first trip to a conference title game.

The game tonight in the GA Dome will be huge, with the winner advancing to the BCS National title game in Miami. And, although the Seminoles enter the game as a 9 point favorite, many experts are predicting this game will be very close throughout.

"Alabama has everything to play for, but nothing to lose," said Kirk Herbstreit. "No one's expecting them to win, but they have, on paper, quite possibly more talent on that field than Florida State. If they can keep their heads early, get some momentum, and hold on to the football, this game could be a classic."

The Seminole fans will be loud and ready, but expect Alabama to have a slight home field advantage tonight in the Dome. That said, the Sunshine Schooner, Lee Corso is picking.........

The Pac 12 Championship Game is being played once again in sunny, warm Hawaii. After both of these teams failed to finish 1st in their division in season 1, these legendary coaches were able to return to prominence this season, despite suffering setbacks earlier this season. The victor in this game will be in the BCS title game with a shot to bring home the crystal ball once again!

The Trojans beat Oregon 35-17 in week 7, as the Ducks were unable to contain USC's balanced attack on offense. USC RB Dillon Baxter rushed for 152 yards, and QB Matt Barkley passed for nearly 250 yards, 3 TDs and 0 INTs.

The Ducks will need to force some turnovers in this game for the outcome to be different.

Oregon has a speedy RB in Kenjon Barner, and one area we look for the Ducks to exploit is the Trojan secondary. In the first meeting, Ducks WR had 181 receiving yards, including a 100 yard TD reception late in the game. 

Coach Stu, who was on the hot seat in Eugene earlier this season, has rallied the troops and provided a spark in his team with his new "Ducks Fly Together" slogan. The team's resilience has won over even the most negative and grumpy Duck fans, including Emilio Estevez.The Ducks are also finding success despite an injury to QB Darren Thomas. Backup QB Bryan "With a Y" Bennett has been playing well.

These coaches were dominant in RUTS3, and the winner of this game takes the next step in reclaiming the crown of "best coach of RUTS."

Look for USC to continue to maintain balance on offense, but the question will be can the Ducks new Flying V-for-Viagra Offense mystify the Trojans as it did against #5 Michigan a few weeks ago. The winner will be excited to fly back across Pacific and head all the way down to South Beach for the next big game, while the loser will suffer a long flight home.

The nerdy, hippy Oregon Duck fans will be flying to Hawaii in droves, so look for a lot of green and gold in Aloha Stadium.

ESPN's Kirk Herbstriet says: "This game is very intriguing. USC dominated Oregon in week 7 frankly, and at that point, the Ducks program was going through a lot of turmoil. The Ducks administration flew a rival coach to Eugene while the team was away in LA playing USC to visit the campus! That is crazy! But, even after that loss and speculation, Coach Stu has quietly rallied his team and they've climbed back up in the polls and somehow find themselves in the mix to play for a national championship. That said, the Ducks are going to have to do a lot of different things to beat USC. The Trojans have struggled at times this year, but are a 4 point favorite in this game. I think this game will be a high scoring affair.

But....not so fast my friend!........


Breaking News: USC wins Pac 12 South tiebreaker, advances to Conference Title Game

As predicted, the #3 USC Trojans won the 3-way tiebreaker over Oklahoma and Texas in the Pac 12 South today. The Trojans won the tiebreaker based on them being the highest ranked BCS team of the three.

The Trojans, and their flamboyant Coach utvol27 will head out to Hawaii to face off against the #4 Oregon Ducks and their (even more) flamboyant head coach StuBucksman. Both teams were surprisingly shut out of this game last year, so both coaches are chomping at the bit to visit the sunny islands of Hawaii, learn to Hula dance, and play a little football.

The Trojans defeated the Ducks in week 7, 35-17, but Coach StuBucksman has since exorcised the dreaded "Curse of the Duck" and has his team playing its best football of the season.

The rivalry between these two coaches was the best of RUTS3, and they'll take to gridiron again this week to determine who will represent the Pac 12 in the BCS title game!