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Casting My Heisman Vote…

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Early into the 2012-2013 college football season much talk is focused on who has a chance to win the Heisman this year. Contenders include Ohio State’s Braxton Miller and Stanford’s Stepfan Taylor. Much intention is focused on the Heisman because of the outcomes of past winners or even runner ups who became top draft picks. I believe the selection process is very simple in that the finalists are chosen because great performances or an amazing stat line. The way it should be run is that one player from each conference is eligible to win. Using that method seems to be more fair and equal then choosing 3 SEC players and 2 Pac 12 guys. I mean college football has had so much controversy in the past years that this change could the perception by the critics. Anyways, my ranting aside, I have an early season favorite that I would cast my vote on. This year my Heisman Trophy vote would go to Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas because of his tremendous skill and his effort towards his team. Yes, it is a vote for a Pac 12 player, but he deserves the vote. Ending on this topic I would like to state that stat lines aren’t everything but as the season goes on Thomas’s will skyrocket even more which is why he is my main candidate.

Stanford Stuns!

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As the weekend unfolded, it was one to remember for the Stanford Cardinals athletic department. The Cardinals showed that they don’t need Toby Gerhart or last years #1 draft pick Andrew Luck. They showed that the team as a whole can provide a major show as they upset the #2 team in the nation USC 21-14. Offense was a huge component of winning Saturday nights game, as Stepfan Taylor ran for 153 yards with 2 rushing touchdowns while Josh Nunes worked at a great pace moving his team down the field. The Cards defense was stout holding senior Matt Barkley with good pass blitzes and amazing pressure on almost every play. Penalties also affected the game as USC gave up crucial yardage when the game was on the line. I definitely think that Stanford has what it takes to be in the top 10 in the nation. At 3-0, they have a good start for a run at the Pac 12 title and a definite chance to get in a good bowl. The team needs to keep their confidence and keep rolling. Gerhart had an era, Luck had an era, and now the whole team is going to show that they are ready to do the unthinkable. Stanford also have a few more tough matchups this season in Notre Dame and Oregon towards the second half of the season which could further show their prominence. All in all, watch out for Stanford as they rise to the top.

 Brayden West

All Aboard!

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Basketball on an aircraft carrier?! Yes that’s right, a matchup has been verified for the 3rd  annual Carrier Classic on November 9th outside of Jacksonville, Florida. This years matchup is another good one between Georgetown and Florida. The Gators and Hoyas will certainly duke it out on the ship this year making the classic a good one. Even though this is a unique idea, it might end up getting old after a few more years. but I mean, how many times will you see basketball on a ship? It is a great game to go see a game and I am sure that tickets will be limited. personally, I can’t wait to see the game once again and it should be a great one considering these are both above average teams. What if there were more games played outside during the season? That would be an amazing idea for collegiate basketball as special events and unique ways to mix up the season. All in all, the Carrier Classic should be amazing and look forward for more progression in outdoor basketball in the future. Thank you for reading my post and please spread the word.

 Brayden West

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