College Football Highlights & Lowlights

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Major college football is about to enter its home stretch, the last month of regular season play for most programs. This time next month most of the bowl games pairings will be known excepting for a handful of early December conference championship tilts and the final game of the season when Army takes on Navy.

Let’s take a look at some of the current ups and downs of the 2010 FBS season:

Oregon v. Boise State — If the season were to end today, two west coast teams would have the right to battle for the national championship. In recent weeks several of the top teams have fallen, allowing the Ducks and Broncos to move up. If both teams win out, it may be hard for even a one-loss SEC team to lay claim to the right to play for the national title.

Eric LeGrand Update — Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand sustained injury to his spinal chord in a game against Army on October 16. Paralyzed below the neck down, his chances of a complete recovery remain slim. New Jersey Nets All-Star Devin Harris has put his trade rumors to the side long enough to help raise $75,000 to defray Eric’s medical expenses.

Big Ten — Michigan State had to rally to beat Northwestern while Iowa could not hold off Wisconsin. The Spartans want to keep winning, but the Hawkeyes are at home and desperately needing a win to stay alive in the Big Ten race.

Big 12 — Missouri is pushing for a BCS bid, but the Cornhuskers will be filling Memorial Stadium in a bid to unseat the Tigers. Will Missouri run the table if they beat the Cornhuskers? They can’t afford to look past a team itching to leave the Big 12 with a statement win.

Fired Gopher — Tim Brewster is out as Minnesota coach, following a 1-6 start to their season. Expectations were apparently raised by Brewster that Minnesota would be competitive, but with three games left against ranked teams plus an always tough Illinois match up, going 0-8 in the Big Ten this year seems likely.

Heisman Watch — Cameron Newton is being favored by ESPN experts to win this year’s Heisman trophy. The Auburn quarterback passed for just 86 yards against LSU on Saturday, but he rushed for 217 yards to keep the Tigers unbeaten. Keep up the pace and Newton wins.

The bowl handicapping is starting to heat up, but I like to wait until Thanksgiving before figuring out who goes where. To many games remain in this season to determine which teams play and which will be watching the action on TV.

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