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Around the Nation: College Football- Oregon slips in BCS again, Geno Smith slips in the Heisman race, and Mathieu has more drug issues
By jason Lewis (Sentinel Sports Editor, jasonl@lasentinel.net
Published October 27, 2012

LSU’s Tyrann Hathieu had it all.  He nearly won the Heisman Trophy last season, but after numerous failed drug tests, he was suspended from the team.  He was recently arrested on a drug charge, which could nearly end his chances of reviving his career. AP Photo


As the BCS races heats up, Oregon slips again


There are some big time games this Saturday, matching up some highly ranked teams.  Too bad for Oregon, they are not in any of those games. 


The games that have BCS implications are No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 14 Texas Tech at No. 3 Kansas State, and No. 2 Florida vs. No. 10 Georgia.  


Oregon is No. 2 in both the AP and Coach’s polls, but they were No. 3 in the first BCS poll a week ago, and now they have dropped down to No. 4, mainly because of their schedule.  


Florida has wins over No. 4* (*at the time of the game) LSU, No. 7* South Carolina, and now they are playing a third top 10 team in Georgia. 


Kansas State leaped over Oregon this past week in the BCS poll, and they have wins over No. 6* Oklahoma, No. 13* West Virginia, and now they are playing No. 14 Texas Tech.  


Oregon has blown out all of their opponents so far, but their best victories of the season are against No. 22* Arizona and No. 23* Washington.  Neither of those teams are ranked today. 


It’s simple to see why Oregon has slipped in the standings.  They simply have not played anybody yet.  They do not have a defining victory, whereas Florida and Kansas State do. 


But if Oregon runs the table, they will not have to worry about any of the teams above them.  They have No. 9 USC, No. 17 Stanford, and No. 7 Oregon State on their schedule, so they will have quality victories if they are undefeated at the end of the season.  


Florida and No. 1 Alabama cannot both go undefeated, because they will have to play each other in the SEC championship game if they both stay undefeated.  So there goes one team out of Oregon’s way.  And they should have the quality victories to leap over Kansas State.  


The voters would love to get Oregon’s high powered offense with all of their star players in the BCS championship game.  But the one team that Oregon really has to worry about is the one team that the powers that be in college football really want to see in the title game.  That is Notre Dame. 


Notre Dame is like Duke basketball, the New York Yankees, or the Los Angeles Lakers.  Well, they are really like the Dallas Cowboys.  They are a team that is living off of past glories, but unable to get back to the top of the mountain.  But everybody, love them or hate them, wants to see them.  They are simply popular. 


If Notre Dame goes undefeated, sorry Oregon, they will be playing the winner of the SEC title game in the BCS championship game.  


Heisman Trophy race is back on


Well, West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith had the Heisman locked up when his team was undefeated and he was putting up video game type numbers as his offense was lighting up the scoreboard.  But after two blowout losses, where he looked average, he lost his strong hold on the race for the trophy.


West Virginia won their first five games by scoring at will, but their defense was also giving up points at an alarming rate.  With Smith playing like a superhero, they were able to outscore their opponents. 


Well Smith has come back down to earth, as he has led his offense to only 14 points in each of the last two losses, which were to Texas Tech and No. 4 Kansas State.  Smith did not play bad, but he was far from great. 


With the offense struggling, West Virginia’s defense did not pick up any of the slack, as Texas Tech scored 49 points, and Kansas State scored 55.  


Now the Heisman race is back to being wide open.  


LSU’s Mathieu sabotaging his career with another drug issue


Suspended LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, who nearly won the Heisman Trophy last season, has taken another step towards ended his football career.


Already suspended from the football team for failed drug tests, Mathieu was arrested with three former LSU football players when police officers found marijuana in his apartment.  


Mathieu, former quarterback Jordan Jefferson, and former linebacker Karnell Hatcher were charged with simple possession, but former defensive back Derrick Bryant faces the charge of possession with the intent to distribute.  


According to the police report, the officers found a marijuana grinder, a digital scale and 10 bags of high-grade marijuana, including seven in Bryant’s backpack.  


Mathieu is still attending LSU, looking to return to the field next season, or go to the NFL draft.  Scouts have told him that it is in his best interest to play one more season at LSU to greatly improve his draft stock.  


Mathieu needed to be on his best behavior to make it back on LSU’s football team, but with this drug charge, it could be a wrap for him.  Even if he tries to claim that the drugs were not his, his history with drugs makes him guilty.  He was in a position where he needed to not only not use the drug, but he needed to stay away from anybody using it.  


Mathieu’s chances of getting back on the team are in serious jeopardy, and NFL teams are not going to take much of a chance on a guy who cannot stay away from drugs.  



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