Sunday, December 21, 2014

Mark May, Bite Me, Clausen for Heisman

Jimmy Clausen has the third best QB rating in the country.
He is sixth in the nation in passing yards.
He is going to dominate against Michigan State this week, Purdue next week and Washington on Oct. 3.
He has yet to throw an interception.
Matt Barkley may not even be around on Oct. 17 and Charlie Weis has two weeks to prepare for the Trojans.
ESPN's Mark May says Clausen has no chance because he lost to Michigan. Well Notre Dame-Michigan has been the best game of the season and may wind up being one of the five best for the whole year.

Mark May, Bite Me, Clausen for Heisman

 
Jimmy Clausen has the third best QB rating in the country.

He is sixth in the nation in passing yards.

He is going to dominate against Michigan State this week, Purdue next week and Washington on Oct. 3.

He has yet to throw an interception.

Matt Barkley may not even be around on Oct. 17 and Charlie Weis has two weeks to prepare for the Trojans.

ESPN's Mark May says Clausen has no chance because he lost to Michigan. Well Notre Dame-Michigan has been the best game of the season and may wind up being one of the five best for the whole year.

Michigan should have been ranked and would have been ranked if anyone had paid attention to Week One and not used their pre-season biases. Notre Dame demolished a Nevada team that May said would be Week One's upset special. So we know he's biased, partly because he plays Lou Holtz's foil on ESPN. May correctly predicted Notre Dame's demise two years ago, and it wasn't because of bias. He paid attention to the detail and he knew Notre Dame was incredibly overrated and vulnerable. But not this year. Stop the hating. If he watched Notre Dame have a luau at the expense of Hawaii in the bowl game last December he would have realized this is a different team. And he knows that Clausen has come of age and the team was not the rag doll from years before.

Notre Dame is a top 25 team right now. A top 15 team, maybe even a top 10 team. It will have to beat USC in front of a national audience to get anyone to pay attention.

Clausen by then will be on his way.

Take Two: Terrelle Pryor can't run a two-minute drill, no less win the Heisman. But I take back any remarks about Penn State's Daryll Clark. Even though his team is incredibly overrated, he has put the program on his back.

Take Three: Charlie Weis was absolutely right about the refereeing at Michigan. Penalizing Armando Allen for unsportsmanlike conduct after scoring the go-ahead touchdown was not just ludicrous but crucial. The 15-yard penalty assessed on the kickoff created a field position advantage for Michigan that eventually played itself out at the end of the game. (And no referee saw linebacker Jonas Mouton throw a punch at Eric Olsen. Weis did send videotape to Big Ten officials.) Notre Dame should insist on neutral referees from now on.

 BTW, how come nobody saw Tate Forcier coming. This kid was unbelievable, especially on his TD scamper on fourth down when he said he just reacted to Cover 0 coverage and knew no one had the quarterback in that defense.  

NCAA Quarterback Rating

1
ARK
22
17
77.3
309
14.0
58
1
0
0
210.3
2
FLA
39
25
64.1
425
10.9
68
5
0
1
197.9
3
ND
60
40
66.7
651
10.9
88
7
0
0
196.3
Passing Yards Leaders - All Players
RK
PLAYER
TEAM
1
TTU
105
70
66.7
861
8.2
49
9
3
1
158.1
2
HAW
68
47
69.1
757
11.1
73
6
1
5
188.8
3
TOL
90
56
62.2
742
8.2
70
7
2
1
152.7
4
HOU
76
55
72.4
725
9.5
35
7
1
1
180.3
5
TEX
76
51
67.1
654
8.6
78
5
2
3
155.8
6
ND
60
40
66.7
651
10.9
88
7
0
0
196.3
7
BYU
70
50
71.4
638
9.1
49
4
3
4
158.3
8
FSU
76
46
60.5
618
8.1
53
2
1
4
134.9
9
PSU
71
49
69.0
593
8.4
49
6
2
1
161.4
10
CIN
57
44
77.2
591
10.4
54
6
1
1
195.5
TEX
76
51
67.1
654
8.6
78
5
2
3
155.8
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Home, not-so-sweet home
Notre Dame has not won a home game against Michigan State since 1993.
The Spartans are the only school ever to win six straight games at
Notre Dame Stadium.

Not so fond of the green-and-white lately
Notre Dame holds a 44-27-1 advantage in its all-time series against
Michigan State, but the Spartans have won nine of the teams’ past 12
meetings, including last year’s 23-7 win over the Irish in East
Lansing, Mich., on Sept. 20, 2008. Charlie Weis is just 1-3 against
Michigan State as Irish head coach.

Remember the Fightin’s
Notre Dame will honor its teams of the late 1940s decade during
Saturday’s game, including those from the undefeated 1949 team, which
celebrates its 60th reunion this weekend.
Under legendary head coach Frank Leahy, the Irish won four national
titles during the 1940s (’43, ’46, ’47, ’49). Upon completing the 1949
season undefeated, Notre Dame capped a string of four consecutive
years without a loss (36-0-2).
Also being honored during the game will be 1987 Heisman Trophy winner
Tim Brown, who this spring was named to the National Football
Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame and will be inducted on
Dec. 8, 2009 in New York City.
 

John Quinn Inquirer Staff Writer
About this blog
John Quinn, 57, is sports editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer and is a third generation member of the Subway Alumni.

His grandfather used to listen to the radio and yell out to his son playing on the hardscrabble streets of Corona, Queens: “Bill Shakespeare just threw another touchdown pass!”
His father used to listen to the transistor radio and yell out to his son playing for Stony Brook on Long Island: “Joe Montana just threw another touchdown pass!”
He listens to the radio and yells out to his son watching Phineas and Ferb on a 46-inch HDTV: “Dayne Crist just threw another touchdown pass!” Meanwhile, Jack, 9, will not be a fourth generation member of the Subway Alumni. Reach John at jquinn@phillynews.com.

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