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PIGSKIN PRESS TOP 25
1. ALABAMA
2. LSU
3. OKLAHOMA STATE
4. OREGON
5. ARKANSAS
6. BOISE STATE
7. SOUTH CAROLINA
8. WISCONSIN
9. STANFORD
10. MICHIGAN STATE
11. BAYLOR
12. MICHIGAN
13. OKLAHOMA
14. TCU
15 .KANSAS STATE
16. WEST VIRGINIA
17. GEORGIA
18. SOUTHERN MISS
19. HOUSTON
20. CLEMSON
21. FLORIDA STATE
22. VA. TECH
23. NEBRASKA
24. CINCINNATI
25. NORTHERN ILLINOIS

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
AUBURN, MIZZOU, TULSA, MISSOURI, BYU, TEXAS




 



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THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!

As you've probably noticed it's been awhile since we've posted anything new (I mean, look at our top 25 from 2011!!) As some of you know, the website will be undergoing a major overhaul while I'm off working hard on a master's degree. In the meantime, feel free to follow us on Twitter and check back infall of 2013 as we may have new podcasts, articles, and interviews then! Enjoy the season and we'll talk again!


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PIGSKINPRESS PODCAST: BOWL WRAP-UP

Let the crying commence! The college football season officially wrapped up with the BCS championship, but that's no reason we can't try to have a little fun looking back at the 2011 Bowl season! This week, Matt and Rick discuss the bowl season studs, bowl season duds, and try to put a positive spin on a crap-tastic BCS championship game Enjoy!


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BOWL PREDICTIONS 2011!

Look no further than right here for bowl previews and predictions! We here at pigskinpress.com don't discriminate; even the smallest of bowl games get some love from your friends here at the press. Check back often during bowl season, as new bowls are served fresh daily. Happy Bowling! NewMexico


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PIGSKINPRESS.COM ALL-AMERICAN TEAM

 

The regular season is in the books, the bowls are set, and the coaching carousel has begun to spin. While 2011 will be remembered for many memorable games, it will also be remembered for many memorable players. We here at pigskinpress.com have put together our 2011 All-American teams-one for the big-six conferences, and another for the non-aqs.Rather than regurgitate what publications have to say based on who they liked in the pre-season, we selected players based on overall performance not just name/draft value. Players were picked based on value to their respective teams, and performance in their individual unit (DB, DL,LB etc...) not on their specific position. Offensive lines were chosen as a whole unit and not on an individual basis. Without further ado, here is your 2011 All-American team.

Big-Six Conferences

Offense:

QB-Robert Griffin-Baylor: 192 QB passer rating
RB-Montee Ball-Wisconsin: 38 tds
RB-LaMichael James-Oregon: 1,646 yards despite missing two games
WR-Justin Blackmon-Ok State: 113 receptions, 1,336 yards, 15 tds
WR-Robert Woods-USC: 111 receptions, 1,292 yards, 15 tds
TE-Coby Fleener-Stanford: 10 tds, 632 yards
OL Unit Award-Oregon Ducks: Led country in rushing yards!
(Hronnis Grassu, Darrion Weems, Carson York, Mark Asper, Nick Cody, Dave Pailson)

Specialists:

K-Drew Alleman-LSU: 88.9% FG percentage, 3-3 between 40-49 yards, 62-63 pats
P-Brandon Williams-Northwestern: 40.5 yards per punt, 77 yard punt vs. Minnesota
KR/PR-Tavon Austin-West Virginia: 826 KR yards, 2 tds, 276 punt return yards

Defense:

DL-Whitney Mercilus-Illinois: 14.5 sacks (1st in NCAA)
DL-Trevardo Williams-UCONN: 12.5 sacks
DL-Andre Branch-Clemson: 10.5 sacks (ACC Champs)
DL-Aaron Donald-Pitt: 10.5 sacks
LB-Jarvis Jones-Georgia: 13.5 sacks (3 vs. LSU in SEC championship)
LB-Denicos Allen-Michigan State: 10 sacks
LB-Brandon Lindsey-Pitt: 8.5 sacks
DB-David Amerson-NC State: led NCAA with 11 INTs
DB-Morris Claiborne-LSU: 6 int's for vicious Tiger defense
DB-Baccari Rambo-Georgia: 7 INTs
DB-Josh Bush-Wake Forest: 6 INTs

Coach of the Year: Les Miles-LSU

Non-AQs

Offense:

QB-Case Keenum-Houston: 5,099 yards, 45 tds, 5 ints
RB-Ronnie Hillman-SDSU: 1,656 yards, 19 tds
RB-Bobby Rainey-WKU: 1,695 yards, led team to 7-5 bowl eligible season
WR-Jordan White-Western Michigan: Led NCAA with 127 catches and 1,646 yards
WR-Patrick Edwards-Houston: Led NCAA with 18 tds, 1,524 receiving yards
TE-Ryan Otten-San Jose State: 52 receptions, 739 yards, 5 tds
OL Unit Award-NIU: 5th in NCAA in sacks allowed (9), 2nd in rushing ypc (5.75) non-aq (Scott Wedige, Logan Pegram, Joe Pawlek, Keith Otis, Trevor Olsen, et al)

Specialists:

K-Ty Long-UAB: Made 16-18 FGs as frosh, 4-6 from 40-49 yds, GW FGs vs UCF/USM
P-Bobby Cowan-Idaho: 46.4 yards per punt
KR-Greg McCoy-TCU: 31.5 per return average, 2 tds, only 29 returns
PR-Devon Wylie-Fresno St: 15.3 yards per punt return, 2 TDs

Defense:

DL-Vinny Curry-Marshall: 11 sacks,69 tackles, 5 forced fumbles
DL-Brandon Joiner-Arkansas St: 12 sacks, 40 tackles, 4 vs. Louisiana
DL-Nordly Capi-Colorado St: 10 sacks, 7 forced fumbles (2nd in NCAA)
LB-Sammy Brown-Houston: 12.5 sacks, 28 tackles for a loss
LB-Kahlil Mack-Buffalo: 20.5 tackles for a loss, 5 forced fumbles
LB-Brian Wagner-Akron: 147 tackles, 2 sacks, forced fumble
LB-Bobby Wagner-Utah State: 140 tackles, 4 sacks
DB-Brice Callahan-Rice: 6 INTs, 15 passes defended
DB-Isaiah Frey-Nevada: 5 INTs, 18 passes defended
DB-Travis Carrie-Ohio: 4 INTs, 16 passes defended
DB-Larry Parker-SDSU: 7 INTs, 14 passes defended

Coach of the Year: Hugh Freeze-Arkansas State

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BIG TEN WRAP-UP: WEEK #9

It was another wild weekend in the Big 10 with last minute wins, big time upsets, and a shift in the landscape. Tough losses by Wisconsin and Michigan State have Big 10 fans wondering when the madness will stop! Brad Koch is back, and tells Iowa and Penn State fans how it is-like it or not! Enjoy!

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OU: OVERRATED/UNDERRATED 2011

Let me guess, you saw the Oklahoma logo and thought we would actually call the Sooners overrated..not a chance! But, if you turn on your T.V. these days, you would think that the world of college football revolves around a handful of teams and a handful of players. While that’s the perception among your run-of-the-mill fan, most connoisseurs of the game know that not all that glitters is as gold as the pundits want you to think it is. We here at pigskinpress.com decided to take a look a few teams and players who get to much publicity, or not enough; we call it OU. Enjoy!

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PREVIEW 2011: THE MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE

After two weeks of much needed R&R in the East Toronto Ghetto, we have returned and are ready to start picking some conference champs! We start the festivities with the always exciting Mid-American Conference. You know, the conference that produced NFL greats like Michael Turner, James Harrison and Charlie Frye! Okay, maybe the Frye thing didn't work out so well, but we have looked into our crystal ball and have some interesting predictions for this year that just might surprise you (or upset you). Enjoy! CLICK HERE

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UNDERRATED: 10 RIVALRIES YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING!

College football is loaded with fantastic rivalries. Who doesn't get excited for the Iron Bowl, or Michigan vs. Ohio State? For as many famous rivalries as there are, there are a few that are undeservedly flying under the average fan's radar. Your friends here at pigskinpress have compiled a list of 10 heated rivalries that deserve a little more love than they're getting and in some cases need to be renewed CLICK HERE

suprise

Everybody loves surprises. You know, that ten dollar bill you find in your golf bag, that extra 100 bucks that show up in your paycheck, or even that Cobra in your sock drawer. In the game of football, surprises are what turns a team from good to great. Every team will have those players who put up big numbers who weren't expected to even see the field. We here at pigskinpress.com would like to share with you our All-Surprise Team, made up of one player at each position who will exceed expectations. And you know what? Some of our selections, may surprise you! CLICK HERE

sun belt

Too often we get stuck in our ways! You know what we're talking about. Have you ever said something like, "I like my eggs this way only",or "the knifes have to be sharp side down in the dishwasher", or how about "I don't allow serial killers to date my daughters!" We do the same with our football as well. This summer, we'd like to challenge you to consider stepping outside that comfort zone and at least consider thinking about pondering the idea that you may be missing out on some pretty darn good football by being stuck in your ways. Here are 26 reasons you should consider watching the Sun Belt Conference this fall CLICK HERE

Upsets

Your last name is probably not Kotter, but we would still like to welcome you back as we kick off our coverage of the 2011 college football campaign.I wish we were kicking off our coverage with news that opening day has actually been moved up to July 1st, but unfortunately we don't have the ability to transcend and shift time like the great Dr. Who. What we can tell you is that it's that time of the year where we here at pigskinpress.com look deep into our Fisher Price brand crystal ball and tell you which teams will pull the biggest and best upsets in 2011. Did your team make the list? CLICK HERE

operation expansion

You've heard all the talk from all the commissioners. "Supposedly", college football is done expanding (and contracting) for the time being. But if you look at the conferences as a whole, there are many issues still unresolved.Can the WAC survive? Is the addition of Boise, Hawaii, Fresno and Nevada enough for the MWC to get a lick of that shiney brass BCS ring? How does the Big East protect itself from ACC/Big Ten poachers? Well, much like Winston Wolfe in the Miramax classic Pulp Fiction, we here at pigskinpress "solve problems." Over the next few weeks, we're going to ask you, our loyal readers, to set your conference pride aside and consider a few different options in the topic of expansion. Big East, you're up first! Read More

10 matchups we want

Rick Figurin
pigskinpress.com
Do Not Copy and Paste!

Do you ever wish you could be the schedule maker? You know, move teams and schedules around at your disposal, set the season up the way you would like it to go? Well, it ain't gonna happen, but it never hurts to imagine! While the following scenarios would take MAJOR reaarranging, and in some cases would be virtually impossible, we here at the press thought we would take a peek at some future schedules and take the advice of the late Cory Haim and "Dream a Little Dream." Here are 10 matchups we want, and we want them now! Read More

 






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