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Around the Nation: College Football 10/14/11
By Robert Gillard (Sports Writer)
Published October 14, 2011

Oregon running back LeMichael James said that a dislocated elbow will not end his season.  He is hoping to win the Heisman Trophy and lead his team to the BCS championship game.  Photo by Jeff Lewis


Thirteen teams enter week seven of the college football season undefeated. However as the schedule starts to creep into the heart of conference play, the real contenders will begin to separate themselves from the pack.

Speaking of conferences, another school has decided to jump ship from one conference to another. Elsewhere, a Heisman hopeful gets hurt,  Auburn is cleared in the Cam Newton case, and another school parts ways with its quarterback.

Road to the BCS title game

Of the thirteen undefeated teams that are ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll, eight are in the top ten. The lone team of these eight that does not play in a power conference, Boise State, has the best chance of an undefeated regular season. The Broncos passed their biggest test by beating Georgia in the season opener. After avenging last year’s surprising loss to Nevada, Boise State’s biggest threat could be TCU, who recently fell out of the Top 25 for the first time in three years.

Top ranked LSU has the toughest path to the national championship, with a road date against No. 2 Alabama, and a season finale against No. 10 Arkansas. While the Tigers have the country’s fifth-ranked defense, they must find ways to ways to ignite a passing game that averages just 183 yards per game.

Although they opened the season No 1, the undefeated Oklahoma Sooners are currently ranked third. That seems to change after the LSU-Alabama game. Quarterback Landry Jones has to continue racking up big numbers against a remaining schedule that features four ranked opponents.  They play No. 17 Kansas State, No. 21 Texas A&M, No. 20 Baylor, and a season finale at in-state rival Oklahoma State, who is sixth in the nation.

Wisconsin fans have to be happy with the play of their new quarterback. After four years and 76 passing touchdowns at North Carolina State, Russell Wilson decided to take his talents to Madison, WI.  The fifth-year senior has sparked a traditionally run-dominated offense and has already passed for 13 touchdowns, compared to last season’s total of 17. Wilson, who can also make plays with his feet, could be the missing piece that puts No. 4 Wisconsin past the Rose Bowl and into the national championship.

The No. 9 Oregon Ducks’ hopes for a repeat trip to the BCS National Championship Game took a hit a week ago, as running back LaMichael James was carted off the field with a dislocated elbow in the fourth quarter. However, James said in the post-game press conference that the injury wouldn’t end his season. Ducks coach Chip Kelly has yet to disclose James’ status for this Saturday’s game against No. 18 Arizona State. If James doesn’t play this week, he could be sidelined for a while in hopes of having him at full strength against No.  7 Stanford on Nov. 12.

Case closed against Auburn

The NCAA has closed their case against Auburn in regards to former quarterback Cam Newton.  Officials said that the found no wrong doing by the university. 

It was rumored that Newton’s father was seeking $180,000 for him to sign with a school. 

After landing Newton, Auburn won the BCS National Championship Game and he won the Heisman Trophy. 

Garcia dismissed from South Carolina

Stephen Garcia’s career at South Carolina has come to an end. The much-maligned quarterback was dismissed from the team on Tuesday.

Garcia was suspended five times during his tenure at South Carolina, including twice this season. The fifth-year senior has been inconsistent this season and did not play last week against Kentucky.

The dismissal reportedly stems from Garcia testing positive for alcohol and marijuana, which violates the terms of his reinstatement. 

Sophomore Connor Shaw, who started in place of Garcia against Kentucky, now takes over as the No. 15 Gamecocks look to repeat as SEC East champions.


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