Monday, September 13, 2010

Hyphman/Barnett VIP Update

Well, after two weeks, we have some front-runners for the prestigious Hyphman Award. We also have some intriguing happenings in our Gary Barnett VIP Club. But first, here are the early Hyphman leaders:
  1. Austyn Carta-Samuels (QB Wyoming) -- ACS has had a very efficient first two games. Here are his overall numbers so far: 42/56 (75%) 479 yards 3 TD 1 INT. He also had an 18 yard TD run against Texas last weekend. BIG home game coming up against Boise State this Saturday.
  2. George Daily-Lyles (LB Hawaii) -- Wow! A Freshman enters the Hyphman race. He ranks fifth in the WAC in tackles with 16.
  3. James-Michael Johnson (LB Nevada) -- 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 Tackles for loss. Not bad. Not great but not bad.
  4. Ray-Ray Armstrong (S Miami (FL)) -- Ray-Ray already has one pick-six and if he can rack up the INTs, he becomes a real threat.
Here are a couple of disappointments so far:
  1. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos (WR Iowa) -- Only 6 receptions for 69 yards through two games. Hopefully he can pick it up as Big Ten play starts for the Hawkeyes.
  2. Covaughn DeBoskie-Johnson (RB Cal) -- Cal's projected number two RB only has 52 yards on 11 carries this season. I expected a lot more out of him as he appears to have fallen to third on the depth chart.
GARY BARNETT VIP CLUB:

Here is an update on how our teams (Van Dawgin and me) are doing. (If you are severely confused click here.)

Van Dawgin's team:
  1. Paul Wulff (Washington St.) -- After getting thrashed by Okie State 65-17 the Cougars scored 16 4th quarter points to squeak by Montanta State 23-22. Needless to say Wulff has been sent to the coaching ICU. Not dead but close.
  2. Mario Christobol (Florida International) -- FIU played their first game of the season last Saturday, losing at home to Rutgers 19-14. They were at least competitive so Mario should be okay for now.
  3. Les Miles (LSU) -- Les is one ugly loss away from getting serious heat. He lucked up facing an undermanned UNC team and had an unwatchable 27-3 win over Vandy last Saturday. His QBs pretty much suck but at least they are 2-0. I could easily see five losses with this team which would spell doom for The Hat.
  4. Neil Callaway (UAB) -- The Blazers lost their first game against Florida Atlantic 32-31 as 15 point favorites. They followed that up with a 28-7 loss to SMU....Coach Cal's collar is getting tight and this is looking like a solid pick for Van Dawgin.
  5. Todd Dodge (North Texas) -- First game: 35-10 loss against Clemson. Second game: 32-31 home loss to Rice. And it doesn't get any easier with two straight road games coming up (Army and FAU). (Note I tried to fit in a "get the hell outta Dodge" comment but I couldn't figure out how to put it)
Van Dawgin's coaches' combined record: 3-6

Dawgola's team:
  1. Ralph Friedgen (Maryland) -- Friedgen is 1-0 on the season after beating Navy last Monday and I could easily see the Terps starting 4-1...maybe this wasn't a good pick on my part.
  2. Dan Hawkins (Colorado) -- After an easy 24-3 victory over Colorado State, it seemed as though the Buffs were off to a good start...until last Saturday. Down 31-0 at the half to Cal, they played very inspired football in the second half, only getting outscored 21-7! But seriously, getting beat 52-7 isn't helping Hawkins' job security brother.
  3. Mike Sherman (Texas A&M) -- The Sherminator has played two cupcakes, Stephen F. Austin and La. Tech, and has another one coming up this week in FIU....wait, we have a Gary Barnett clash! -- "Christobol. Sherman. Barnett VIP implications on the line. It's SATURDAY NIGHT IN COLLEGE STATION!" Unfortunately for me, it looks like the Aggies are starting 3-0...(long sigh)
  4. Rich Rodriquez (Michigan) -- Damn. Another death-defying coach. The Wolverines have a ton of momentum, with victories over UCONN and Notre Dame. And looking at their schedule, I could easily see them starting 6-0. The good news? A bottom loaded schedule could result in a disastrous finish which would bring serious heat on Rich Rod.
  5. Ron Zook (Illinois) -- They beat Southern Illinois last weekend but lost the opener to Missouri by ten. I'm still very confident about this one.
Dawgola's coaches' combined record: 7-2. ouch.

Gary Barnett free agents: Tim Brewter lost to South Dakota last weekend. Yowzer. Frank Beamer is gaining steam as well, losing to James Madison and starting the season 0-2. And how could we forget Houston Nutt, losing to pesky Jacksonville State in the opener.

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