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.

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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