Robert Stephens - Featured Reporter
November 25, 2014 - This time it wasn’t the blowout
some had expected as the Terrapins hosted Michigan State one of the top
programs in the nation and the BIG-TEN. The Terps
fought the Spartans eventually falling 35-17 at home.
Maryland (6-4) had been blown out by BIG TEN
powers Ohio State and Wisconsin in their prior matches
against nationally ranked powers.
The Spartans (8-2) held the home team to 6 yards
on 17 carries stifling the Terrapin rushing attack.
Quarterback CJ Brown (20-43-246yds.) had some
success against the Spartan defense but he did throw
3 interceptions which led to part of Maryland’s demise.
Maryland will travel to Michigan Saturday.
The Howard Bison came from behind to capture their
second consecutive road win with a 28-25 win over Central
Connecticut State. The Bison improved to 4-7 on the
Bryon Marshall is a key performer for Oregon's
Quarterback Greg McGhee (15-33-216 yds-1td.) led
the Bison as he has all season. McGhee also rushed for
119 yards and three touchdowns.
McGhee broke former Bison Ted White’s all time
MEAC career total offensive record with his performance.
White garnered 9,846 yards during his career at Howard.
McGhee after Saturdays’ contest finished with 9,913
yards with one game remaining.
Howard wraps their season against Hampton, Saturday.
Those of you who have followed my weekly reports on
$ The College Playoff System are familiar with my rant against the system
and their obvious bias against the Florida State Seminoles. It has now
become my opinion that either there is some form of collusion that we
don’t know of or the
committee has allowed their emotions to get involved and
what now appears to be the most hated college in the
USA, according to the committee.
Despite winning 26 consecutive games and being
the defending national champion and the only remaining
undefeated team in the BCS (excuse me Marshall) what
am I supposed to think (conspiracy theory at the very least?
The human non-factor polls with the press (AP) and the
coaches USA-Today have both ranked the Seminoles as
the nation’s number one team.
The committee hides behind the fact that the
defending national champions play in the ACC and
are willingly to challenge their schedule every
opportunity they get. I’m sure that same committee
will celebrate Alabama’s win over big time Western
Carolina this weekend and because they have
already celebrated the Crimson Tide’s 52-12 win over
Southern Mississippi (3-8) and Florida International
(3-7) 41-0 shutout!
Not to be outdone let’s discuss Mississippi State
and their big 49-0 win over Southern Mississippi along
with their big time wins over UT-Martin 45-16, South
Alabama 35-3, and UAB 47-34.
Wait a minute Marshall (10-0) plays UAB this
weekend! Keeping fingers crossed on this one.
In my years of broadcasting and writing sports
I have never seen a defending champion winners of 26
consecutive games ever receive the treatment the
Seminoles have received by this committee or any other
Committee. I said in one of my earlier reports that this
was not the Seminole team of a year ago after their win
37-12 win over the Citadel earlier in the season but the
committee has taken this to another level.
In the end I would like to see full disclosure. They trot
out their chosen spokesperson every week and nobody
knows who is voting for whom. This is a full blown coat and
dagger mission with no one being held accountable for their
vote. Rant Over!
The big game this past weekend was the SEC Alabama
Mississippi State powerhouse matchup. Yes, I said it on
CBS Network nationwide at Tuscaloosa and the two teams
didn’t disappoint and Alabama edged State 25-21 dropping
them from the ranks of the unbeaten.
The win allowed the Crimson Tide (9-1) to leap to the
number one ranking in the $ College Playoff Rankings.
Mississippi State fell to (9-1) and a number four ranking
in the latest poll.
So here we go again with I95ballerz.com College
rankings. Our rankings are first with the playoff
committee’s ranking second.
1. (3) Florida State (10-0) ACC
Edged Miami 30-26 on the road for 26th consecutive win
2. (1) Alabama (9-1) SEC
Beat Mississippi State at home 25-20.
3. (2) Oregon (9-1) PAC-12
4. (4) Mississippi State (9-1) SEC
Lost to Alabama 30-26 on the road.
5. (7) Baylor (8-1) BIG-8
Not moving the Bears who beat TCU
6. (6) Ohio State (9-1) BIG-TEN
Beat Minnesota 31-24. Hot team right now!
7. (5) TCU (9-1) BIG-8
At Texas. Longhorns need a big win!
8. (9) UCLA (8-2) PAC-12
The best two loss team in USA. USC next!
9. (8) Mississippi (8-2) SEC
10. (10) Georgia (8-2) SEC
Beat struggling Auburn 34-7.
11. (16) Wisconsin (8-2) BIG-10
Put up 59 against Nebraska.
12. (14) Arizona (8-2) PAC-12
At Utah in must win conference game.
13. (12) Kansas State (7-2) BIG-8
At West Virginia.
14. (10) Michigan State (7-2) BIG-10
Losing at home to Ohio St. not a good look here.
15. (18) Georgia Tech (9-2) ACC
Can make a big move with road win at Georgia
16. (13) Arizona State (8-2) PAC-12
17. (19) USC (7-3) PAC-12
Best three loss team in USA at UCLA
18. (20) Missouri (8-2) SEC
19. (17) Utah (7-3) PAC-12
At Arizona in big PAC-12 conference game.
20. (NR) Marshall (10-) USA
They keep winning at Division 1 level!
In some other games of interest, Morgan State edged South Carolina St.
24-21 in what would be considered a surprise at home. N.C.A&T blanked
Savannah St 34-0. N.C. Central Stopped Norfolk St. 19-14. Florida A&M
beat Delaware St. 41-17. Alcorn St. defeated Arkansas- Pine Bluff 56-6.
Alabama State defeated Grambling 37-23.
Southern beat Mississippi Valley 44-13. Virginia State
Surprised Winston-Salem State 21-17 in a CIAA
Conference match up. Alabama State beat Grambling
37-23 in a big SWAC match up. and Jackson State
edged Texas Southern 15-10.
In high school football which is already in playoff
mode, here are some scores of interest.
In the District.
H.D. Woodson edged Anacostia 14 to 6 to set up
the DCIAA annual Turkey Bowl against Ballou who
edged Wilson 14-13 on Thanksgiving Day. The Gravy Bowl
will be played Saturday with Eastern who defeated
Phelps 46-14 facing Bell who edged McKinley 34-27.
In the first round of playoffs in Maryland.
Damascus jumped on Urbana 46-3. Quince Orchard
beat Clarksburg 21-14. E. Roosevelt beat Suitland 14-12.
Surrattsville beat Forestville 42-18. Potomac blanked
Chopticon 47-0. Douglass blanked Marriotts Ridge 45-0.
and Northwest beat Blair 38-3.
In Virginia some scores of interest.
Tuscarora blanked Edison 54-6. Patriot stopped
Yorktown 48-21. Centreville beat Stonewall Jackson
56-14. Briar Woods stopped Mountain View 50-13.
Stone Bridge defeated Freedom-Woodbridge 41-22.
Lake Braddock beat Oakton 44-14. and Battlefield
stopped Annandale 49-20.