Miami in the Orange Bowl was voted the second greatest matchup ever, as the Cornhuskers and Hurricanes are represented in five of the top six games. The games highlighted are:. Please note: Commentators will stay the same each Tuesday; David Pollack will join starting next week. ESPN2 and continuing with Princeton vs. Dartmouth in a battle of Ivy League undefeated teams on Saturday, Nov. Both games have intriguing storylines, as Ohio head coach Frank Solich enters the game with conference victories, tying him for the most ever among MAC head coaches.
A win on the anniversary date will make him the all-time winningest coach in the conference. For the Ivy League matchup, both teams enter the game with overall records and conference records. Overall, this will be the 98th matchup in a series which began in , with the Big Green holding an all-time advantage. On Wednesday, a special College Football Countdown p. Undefeated Dartmouth from Yankee Stadium on Nov. He was an All-American and won several other national awards. He rushed for at least 1, yards in each season, while also getting the Ducks into their first-ever BCS title game in his final year.
Case Keenum wasn't the most decorated quarterback of the BCS era, but he certainly was the most prolific. Thanks to medical redshirts and a pass-happy system, Keenum finished as the FBS career leader in yards 19, and touchdowns , leading both categories by a wide margin. One of the best tight ends ever to play in the BCS era, Jermaine Gresham had both size and speed to go along with great hands.
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Gresham caught 25 touchdown passes during a two-year span from to , and only injuries as a senior kept him from challenging many FBS records for tight ends. Ken Dorsey's numbers don't rank among the best in the BCS era, but he was still one of the most successful quarterbacks of the past 15 years. Dorsey led Miami to back-to-back title game appearances, including a win over Nebraska, and he was among the top five vote-getters in two Heisman races.
Torry Holt finished his college career during the first season of the BCS era, and though his North Carolina State team wasn't a part of those inaugural games, he still fits on this list because of how he fared in Matt Ryan was by far the best quarterback Boston College produced during the BCS era, and its best since Doug Flutie had his magical run in the mids. Ryan's numbers were solid, and as a senior, he was seventh in the Heisman race and won several national quarterback awards.
Ryan Broyles managed to overcome his smallish stature to end his career as the most prolific receiver in FBS history.
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A two-time consensus All-American, Broyles is the FBS record holder for receptions with , while he finished second in receiving yards and added 45 touchdowns. He's the Big 12 leader all time in all three of those categories. Rex Grossman was one of the many superstar quarterbacks produced by Steve Spurrier during his time at Florida. Despite not putting up the biggest numbers in terms of passing yardage, Grossman remains one of the more efficient passers in SEC history, as well as during the BCS era.
Chris Long had big shoes to fill, being the son of NFL great Howie Long, but he handled the challenge with his own stellar career. Long was amazing as a junior and senior, earning unanimous All-America honors in while amassing 14 sacks and 79 tackles. Before there was Johnny Football, there was Joey Heisman, thanks to the money machine of Oregon launching a huge marketing campaign to get Harrington a Heisman in He finished fourth that year as a senior and capped his career with a stellar performance in a Fiesta Bowl win over Colorado.
The Mid-American Conference has been a sneaky hotbed for under-the-radar quarterbacks during the BCS era, and Ben Roethlisberger could be their flag-bearer. He finished with more than 10, passing yards and, thanks to his enormous size and surprising swiftness, was hard to take down and always exciting to watch. Phillip Rivers held nearly every major passing record in ACC history until Clemson's Tajh Boyd broke a few this past season, but his legend still lives. Andy Dalton helped lead TCU's rise from mid-major to national power, throwing for more than 10, yards over his career.
Denard Robinson wasn't the best passer to go through Michigan, by far. But there's no denying how great of a runner he was. Robinson is the only quarterback with three seasons with at least 1, rushing yards and 2, passing yards, and for his career, he finished with nearly 4, rushing yards and was responsible for 91 total touchdowns. Peter Warrick was one of the most dynamic players of the BCS era, even though he was only around for the very start of it.
He was a stellar receiver, return man and rusher for the Seminoles, a key part of their national title. He caught three touchdown passes in the championship game to cinch his spot in program history. Willis McGahee's career ended with a horrific knee injury, but before that, he put together an amazing year in his one season as a starter.
In , he led the Hurricanes back to the national title game, along the way finishing fourth in the Heisman balloting while earning All-America honors and the Big East's Player of the Year award. Kellen Winslow was the nation's best tight end during his final two seasons with Miami and was one of the most dynamic players at his position in the BCS era.
He was an All-American in both and , a unanimous selection in and won the Mackey Award given to the nation's best tight end that season. Larry Johnson waited for his chance to shine at Penn State, and when it came, he made the most of it. In , Johnson rushed for more than 2, yards to go with 20 touchdowns, was a consensus All-American and won three major national awards while finishing third in the Heisman race.
Josh Heupel was second in the Heisman in to Chris Weinke, despite winning almost every other award he was eligible for. Maurice Jones-Drew was one of the most versatile running backs of the BCS era, one who could be counted on for rushing yards and great receptions out of the backfield.
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He was a consensus All-American in his final season, and along with his 2, career rushing yards, he added seven receiving touchdowns and also returned six kicks or punts for scores. Alex Brown was probably the best defensive player in Florida history, cutting a dominant shadow as a speed-rushing end during the Gators' SEC title run. Jordan Lynch will go down in history as maybe the best mid-major quarterback in FBS history, and he provided the tail end of the BCS era with plenty of drama.
As the FBS record holder for rushing yards in a game by a quarterback a record he broke twice in , Lynch helped Northern Illinois dominate the Mid-American Conference and get the school a trip to the Orange Bowl. Troy Polamalu was a huge part of USC's resurgence to national prominence during the early part of the BCS era, even before he became known for awesome Head and Shoulders commercials. He had more than tackles from the safety position, many of the hard-hitting variety, and was a consensus All-American. Russell Wilson owns the distinction of being the best player of the BCS era to star for two programs, leading both North Carolina State and Wisconsin to success.
Wilson was the first major standout to take advantage of the transfer rule that allowed graduates to play right away at a new school, and his season with Wisconsin helped beef up his resume and get him into the NFL. Eli Manning didn't enter college with as much hype as older brother Peyton, nor did he exit with as much flair. He just had a really solid career throughout. Manning's senior year, in , was among the best in SEC history, earning him the league's Offensive Player of the Year award as well as third place in the Heisman race. Alex Smith put Utah on the map as a BCS buster, one of the first of its kind, and also sent Urban Meyer 's coaching career on an upward trajectory.
Smith lost only one game as a starter in two seasons, while throwing 47 touchdown passes against just four interceptions and rushing for 15 more scores. Jason White's Heisman win is one of the most amazing in the award's history considering the route he took to get there.
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White missed much of the previous two seasons because of numerous knee surgeries and was almost immobile because of it. But he put up amazing numbers that season and again in when he was a Heisman finalist. He also got Oklahoma into the title game both years. Jameis Winston has only given us one year and likely will only grace us with one more at the college level. If is as good as this last one, he'll move up many all-time lists.
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The freshman phenom was the second straight first-year player to win the Heisman, and he also became the second player after Cam Newton to win that award, go unbeaten and win a national title in his first season of play. Mike Williams could have been the most prolific wide receiver in college football had he played all four seasons. But the two he was around for were just too big to not bounce to the NFL off of. In those two years, he had more than 2, receiving yards as well as 30 touchdowns, earning consensus All-American honors both times.
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senjouin-renshu.com/wp-content/5/799-como-localizar.php Hawk was a key contributor from the moment he set foot in Columbus, and in his final two seasons, he was a consensus All-American and was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in Eric Crouch was the Heisman winner in , the same year he got Nebraska into their last national title game. Crouch finished with more than 4, passing yards and nearly that many on the ground, executing the option to perfection while leading the Big 12 in rushing touchdowns three years in a row. As a senior in , Nguyen was a unanimous All-American, was the Big 12's Defensive Player of the Year and won two national defensive awards.
Troy Smith won a Heisman and several other national awards during his time at Ohio State, getting the Buckeyes into the title game as a senior. But what Smith might most be remembered for is among the top things of importance to Buckeyes fans: He was as a starter against Michigan. Johnny Manziel provided us with maybe the two most exciting seasons of quarterbacking during the BCS era, thanks to his Brett Favre-like gunslinger approach to the game as well as his amazing elusiveness.
Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman in , then managed to top all of his numbers in before jumping to the NFL. DeAngelo Williams' Memphis teams will never be considered powers—the Tigers were during that span—but they still got plenty of attention because of his rushing exploits. Williams had back-to-back 1,yard seasons in and , finishing his career with more than 6, yards to go along with 86 rushing touchdowns. While not as prolific or dynamic as predecessor Ricky Williams, it's hard not to consider Cedric Benson among the best backs in Texas history.
He was the model of consistency, rushing for at least 1, yards and a dozen touchdowns in each of his seasons with the Longhorns. Pat White is a huge reason West Virginia became a national power in the middle of last decade, thanks to both his passing acumen and great running ability.
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White was the Mountaineers' career rushing leader, despite playing quarterback, and went as a starter in bowl games. Boise State's rise from a gimmicky underdog to a nationally renowned program had many key figures, but Kellen Moore was probably the most significant leader.
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