Tuesday, January 17, 2012

New 2011 Season Reviews!

We have begun looing back at the season that was in college football for 2011. Our yearly reviews have begun, and we start with Division 2 and the CIAA. Reviews can now be seen by following the link below:


Five schools have been completed so far, with more coming all day today and tomorrow! Next will be the FCS and the Big Sky Conference!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS PR of the Year 2011

We wrap up the 2011 All-Bilo Awards with our final position, Punt Returns for FBS football. This individual had one of the great seasons in college football history. At this time we are proud to announce that the winner of the Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS Punt Return Man of the Year Award winner for 2011 is...

Joe Adams, Arkansas
Adams busted loose this season as the Razorbacks punt return man. Adams returned 4 scores for touchdowns in 2011, while only returning 19 punts on the season. Adams racked up 321 yards on those 19 returns, averaging 16.89 yards per return on the season for the 11-2 Razorbacks, making him one of the most dangerous return men in the country.

Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS KR of the Year 2011

We continue now with our All-Bilo FBS Kick Returner of the Year for 2011. This individual was purely electric when given half a chance to bust through a seam in 2011. He was a strong beacon on a team that is trying to build from the ground up, and was a spark for this team throughout the season. The winner of the 2011 Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS Kick Return Man of the Year Award is...

Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State
Rogers averaged 26.16 yards per return on the 2011 season, and returned 3 of his 50 touches for touchdowns for the Aggies. Rogewrs was probably the most electric player to wear the uniform in Las Crucas in years, and racked up 1308 yards in total return yards alone. He averaged 100.6 kick return yards per game on 3.8 returns. Rogers' best game came against Fresno State, when he returned 8 kicks for 246 yards and a TD, averaging 30.7 yards per return on the day.

Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS Punter of the Year 2011

The winner of the All-Bilo punter of the Year for 2011 did not come from a winning team, but his team's struggles certainly aided his personal portfolio, which is a silver lining being a punter on a team that otherwise cannot get out of their own way. In that regard, this individual more than earned his scholarship this season. And the winner of the Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS Punter of the YEar for 2011 is...

Bobby Cowan, Idaho
Cowan was forced to punt for the struggling Vandals a whopping 88 times in 2011, which averaged out to 7.3 punts per game. He never faltered, as one would fear that his leg would at some point fall off. He nailed his punts for an average of 46.41 yards per punt on the season. Cowan ounted a season high 11 times against Louisiana Tech, and also hit double figures with 10 punts against Texas A&M. He averaged 50 yards per punt in the Louisiana Tech game, and 42.5 yards per punt against A&M. In all, Cowan punted for an extraordinary 4084 yards on the season for the 2-10 Vandals.

Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS PK of the Year 2011

We now continue our awards season with our All-Bilo FBS Placekicker of the Year for 2011. After a fantastic season, we are pleased to announce that the winner of this year's award is...

Randy Bullock, Texas A&M
Bullock was the most active kicker in the nation this season. Bullock hit a fantastic 29 of 33 field goal attempts on the season, which was good for a 87.9% success rate. That was a national best for any kicker attempting 30 or more FGs on the season. Bullock was also good for 2.2 FGs per game, which often times saved a struggling Aggies team from certain doom. Bullock was also good on 55 of 57 PATs in 2011.

Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS DB of the Year 2011

We begin to wrap up our FBS All-Bilo Players of the Year today, as we continue with our award for the FBS Defensive Back of the Year for 2011.
There were several very solid performances turned in during the 2011 season, but one player in particular turned heads with a ball hawking style all his own. Without further delay, we are proud to annnounce oour selection for the Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS DB of the Year Award winner for 2011. And the winner is...

David Amerson, North Carolina State
Amerson was a clear choice for his production as a ball hawk, having picked off 13 passes during the 2011 season, and breaking up 5 others on the season. Amerson had 2 picks in a game 4 different times this season, and his 5 pass breakups led the Wolfpack. Amerson also added 59 tackles on the season, keeping him right in the middle of the action.

Why the BCS Fails

     The final day of the 2011 college football season is upon us, and it is coming about a week late in my book. The BCS National Championship game has about as much sway for me as killing my nightly plans out to sit back and take in a poker match on ESPN 32. Essentially, this game has about as much meaning as another Lindsay Lohan  public service announcement about sobriety. It has nothing behind it. There is literally no more punch behind this game as there ever was in the old bowl system, that quite frankly, was never as damaged as the system that we now have, which is a system, that despite public rage to the highest degree, is rejected almost universally.
      The universal statement is one that I share when it comes to the hatred of the system this season. How can a team that did not even win its own division in its own conference compete for a national title without making it there by virtue of an at-large bid in a spanning playoff system? If Alabama and LSU were matching up because they fell together by winning 4 games to meet up once more, no problem here. That they were pitted together because of human interference in a ranking system that is as arcane as a stretching rack? Not good for the public and fan base. The fact that nobody can really sit you down and explain exactly how this thing works? A disgrace.
      There have been years past where schools have griped about not making the "title game" because of one loss. The argument that was used against these schools? You lost a game...you had your chance. OK. What about Bama? Did they not lose a game to the very team that they are playing tonight? Did they not have their chance already? Did they not blow it in a blaze of absolute glory? Hell yes they did. It was one of the worst games EVER played back in November. That statement, too, is universally accepted. So the argument that is used is that Oklahoma State lost to Iowa State. At least Alabama lost to LSU. Last time I checked, isn't a loss still a loss, regardless of how it happened? Had Alabama lost to, say, Ole Miss...what then?
      Let's not forget that the media has a huge bias towards the SEC. This is a truth that cannot be explained away. Everyone in the country outside of SEC country acknowledges this statement. There are those, inside and outside of SEC country that just cannot stand anyone outside of the class of original powers getting to play for anything. To them I say this. GROW UP! Embrace change and the present. This is no longer 1972. The game has changed, and new powers have emerged. There are powers that now exist outside of your bubble. For the majority of us, we are tired of having the same damn schools shoved down our throats because that's the way that it's always been. You want to hold onto a decaying system of doing things just because of a fear of change, here is a news flash...the world has passed you by in a blinding flash.
     The BCS has also spawned a series of other meaningless bowls that have done nothing but clouded the landscape, while knocking down the meaning of the very bowls that they support. There are now 35 bowls in play. I will be the first to admit that new bowls started and failed constantly under the old system, but we now have 35 bowls. We never had anything like it before, and it's not a good thing. There are other bowls that were solid products back in the day that have been neutralized. The Rose Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, and the Orange Bowl are all Bowls that were the icon of post season college football, but all receive second tier status because they no longer host anyone that could be capable of actually being named as champion. If you end up in any of these bowls, you failed in the BCS system. And why call these bowls members of the "Bowl Championship Series". The winners don't have any claim to play for a stake of an actual championship. They have scammed us with the very title of it. There is virtually no difference to winning the Rose Bowl as there is to winning the Idaho Potato Bowl. It means exactly the same thing. You won a bowl game, but that's it. There's nothing else to see here folks, so see you next fall!
     America is noticing the disaster. More and more people are clammoring for changem but the powers that be that run the BCS and the Bowls keep on telling you to never mind the man behind the curtain. They want you to believe that nothing is wrong, and everything is fine. They want you to believe it to the tune of billions of dollars. Don't buy in people, because the likelihood that your school will win this thing is beyond a shadow of a doubt unless you live in certain conference zones. If you are non-AQ, don't even worry about it. Bowl ratings overall in 2011/12 are in the tank. The Orange bowl had about a 5th of the ratings of any night of American Idol, with just over a 7 share. That's not good. There are sitcoms that scored better. Ratings for the secondary bowls...yeah, you guessed it. In the tank.
     I have always been a traditionalist when it comes to the bowls. I fought the BCS since day one. I realized this in 1998, when as a UCLA fan, I was depressed that we were going to the Rose Bowl. DEPRESSED ABOUT A ROSE BOWL BID!!!! INSANITY!!!! That being said, that until a playoff system is installed, any national champion that is crowned in FBS football is a fraud. There is no basis to it, and it was hardly earned.
     In closing, think about this. Every major aport in America is decided by a playoff, with exception to major college football. And every division or conference in every sport is represented in these sports, with exception of major college football. Think about it.

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS LB of the Year

One player was so far out in front of the competition at linebacker in 2011, that I won't even bother to list my finalists, because there was truly only one. That being said, the winner of the 2011 Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS Linebacker of the Year Award is...

Luke Kuelchy, Boston College
When you here the phrase "tackle machine", Kuelchy's picture is right next to it in the books. Kuelchy is one of only two players who have as yet been named as All-Bilo Players of the Year at any position (Idaho State Punter David Harrington is the other) twice, as Kuelchy won this award last season as well. Kuelchy recorded 191 total tackles on the season in 2011, which was a severely down year for the Eagles. That being said, Kuelchy never played down, and continued on with his dominance at linebacker. Kuelchy averaged 15.92 tackles per game this season, and has recorded 374 tackles over the last two seasons. Kuelchy also added 12 TFLs on the season.

2011 Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS DL of the Year

Three key components were brought into play when it came time to consider our Defensivel Lineman of the Year Award winner. We considered sacks, tackles for loss, and total tackles on the season. A blend of those three numbers brought us to our winner of the award for this season. Here are the finalists:

Andre Branch, Clemson
Damonte Moore, Texas A&M
Sean Parker, Texas A&M
Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati
Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
Vinny Curry, Marshall
John Simon, Ohio State
Cordarro Law, Southern Mississippi
Drew Nowak, Western Michigan
Brett Roy, Nevada
Logan Harrell, Fresno State
Travis Johnson, San Jose State

And the winner is...

Drew Nowak, Western Michigan
Nowak was a seriously disruptive force for the Broncos this season, and on defense, was one of the primary reasons for the Broncos return to the bowl season in 2011. Nowak finished the season with 91 tackles on the season, a number most impressive for any defensive lineman. He added 8.5 sacks on the season, and was also good for an outstanding 20.5 tackles for loss on the season. Nowak's best game for tackles was against Illinois, when he collected 11 tackles on the night, and he positively dominated Akron by collecting 5 TFLs in that one game.

2011 Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS TE of the Year

We move on with our positional players of the year with our FBS Tight End of the Year for 2011. There were a solid group of TEs in the country this season, so here is a list of our finalists for this award.

Dwayne Allen, Clemson
Michael Egnew, Missouri
Nick Provo, Syracuse
Tyler Eifort, Notre Dame
Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, Washington
Coby Fleener, Stanford
Orson Charles, Georgia
Jack Doyle, Western Kentucky
Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
Ryan Otten, San Jose State

The winner of this award is named based on an average score taken from six receiving categories. The player with the highest score amongst those categories is then named our All-Bilo TE of the Year. And the winner of the Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS TE of the Year for 2011 is...

Tyler Eifort, Notre Dame
Eifort was a major factor in the Irish passing game in 2011. With young, developing QBs on the roster, Eifort was a stabalizing force on offense, having caught 63 passes for 803 yards and 5 TDs. Eifort averaged 12.75 yards per catch on the season, and averaged 4.8 catches per game. Eifort was good for 61.8 yards per game on the season, as Notre Dame finished the year with an 18-14 loss to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.

2011 Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS WR of the Year

As we continue with our postseason honors, we continue with our WR of the Year for FBS football for 2011. Here is our list of finalists for the season:

Kendall Wright, Baylor
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Muhammed Sanu, Rutgers
Patrick Edwards, Houston
Jordan White, Western Michigan
Nick Harwell, Miami (Ohio)
Eric Page, Toledo
Robert Woods, USC

This award is given to the individual receiver that scored the highest average score based on six different receiving only categories. At this time, we are proud to announce the winner of the 2011 Powerratedsports.com All-Bilo FBS WR of the Year Award. And the winner is...

Jordan White, Western Michigan
Jordan White was nothing short of amazing in 2011, as he led the nation in receptions (140), yards (1911), receptions per game (10.8), and yards per game (147). He also finished 2nd in the nation in TD receptions with 17. White also averaged 13.65 yards per reception on the season, making him a major threat whenevr he touched the football. In the Pizza Bowl loss to Purdue, White caught 13 passes for 265 yards with one score.  White had double digit receptions 8 times in 2011, including a season high 16 in a 66-63 loss to Toledo. He also scored multiple TDs in 7 games on the season, including 3 scores in that Toledo loss.
Congratulations to Jordan and the Bronco program!

2012 Capital One Bowl Final

South Carolina 30, Nebraska 13
The Gamecocks scored 21 unanswered points and rolled past the Cornhuskers in Orlando. Kenny Miles scored on a TD reception and a TD run in the 4th quarter to put the game away for the Gamecocks. Connor Shaw passed for 229 yards and two scores on the day, while Alshon Jeffery caught a 51 yard TD strike from Shaw.
Miles and Shaw both accounted for TD runs on the day, and the SC defense crushed the Husker offense for most of the game. South Carolina also scored two points on a blocked PAT that they returned all the way.
Rex Burkhead was held to just 3.5 yards per carry on the game foe Nebraska, while Taylor Martinez was completely shut down, passing for just 103 yards on the game.

2012 Gator Bowl Final

Florida 24, Ohio State 17
Florida scored on a blocked punt and a kickoff return to give the Gators a 24-17 win over the Buckeyes. The Gators survived a terrible offensive performance to hold off Ohio State, recovering a late onside kick to kill the clock and hold on for the win.
John Brantley completed 12 of 16 passes for just 129 yards an had Florida's other TD on the day, a 16 yard toss to Deonte Thompson in the 1st quarter.
Ohio State turned the football over 3 times, with Dan Herron and DeVier Posey both losing fumbles. The Buckeyes lost their 7th game, the first time that this has happened since 1897. Florida finishes the season at 7-6.

2012 Ticketcity Bowl Final

Houston 30, Penn State 14
Houston came into the game today needing to attack the 5th ranked Penn State pass defense head on, and that is exactly what they did as All-Bilo QB of the Year Case Keenum completed 44 of 68 passes for 533 yards and 3 scores on the day as the Cougars went into cruise mode in the win over the Nittany Lions, who were playing in a bowl game without Joe Paterno in for the first time in decades.
The Cougars jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the 1st quarter, and they coasted from that point on. Patrick Edwards caught 9 passes for 229 yards and 2 scores on the day, while Justin Johnson added 12 receptions for 147 yards and a score. Tyron Carrier was lost in the first half with a knee injury after catching 8 passes. Seven different receivers caught passes for Houston in the win.
For Penn State, it was a different story, as the Nittany Lions came into this game in a huge state of uncertainty, as they don't know who will coach this football team going forward after Tom Bradley was named interim coach back in November. This could have been the end of an era for the entire staff, or it could have been an audition for 2012. If it were that, then this staff should probably pack it in. Rob Bolden looked ill prepared at QB, completing just 7 of 26 passes on the day in the loss.
The Nittany Lions had only 15 1st downs to 25 for Houston, while also losing the turnover war. Penn State turned the ball over 3 times, while Houston never turned the ball over at all. Houston completely neutralized Penn State's best defender in Devon Still, who was being depended upon to disrupt Case Keenum up the middle. That never happened.
Houston finishes the season at 13-1, which is both a school and a Conference USA record. Penn State finishes 9-4, while losing 3 of 4 to close the season.

Bowl Update 2012

Ticketcity Bowl
The tempo has slowed down considerably, but Houston heads into the 4th quarter with a 27-14 lead on Penn State. The Cougars are setting up with a 3 and goal as we start the 4th.

Gator Bowl
Florida has taken a 14-10 lead into the half. John Brantley has completed 10 of his 12 passes for 90 yards and a TD. Braxton Miller of Ohio State is 4 of 6 at the half, and Dan Herron has rushed for 55 yards on 8 carries.

Capital One Bowl
South Carolina leads Nebraska 16-13 on a pair of Connor Shaw TD runs. Shaw has completed 5 of 9 passes for 161 yards, 148 of those going to Alshon Jeffery.
Rex Burkead has rushed for 84 yards for the Huskers.

Outback Bowl
Georgia is physically dominating Michigan State and holds a 16-0 lead. The Bulldogs have scored on a long pass play from Aaron Murray to Tavarres King (80 yards), and Mike Sadler returned a punt 92 yards for a score.

More later, and follow for live updates on Twitter @BiloFootball

Halftime at Ticketcity Bowl

Case Keenum has passed for 380 yards and 3 TDs, and Patrick Edwards has over 200 yards receiving at the half, as Houston is up 24-7 on Penn State in the Ticketcity Bowl.
The Cougars have lost starting WR Tyron Carrier to a knee injury, and he is out for the game.
Penn State got moving in the second quarter for a short time, as they moved down for a score on a long punt return. They parlayed that return into an 8 yard direct snap TD run, but they offense fizzled out after that.

Other Updates:

In the Outback Bowl, A Georgia Safety is holding up in the second half, as the Bulldogs lead Michigan State 2-0. Both defenses are having huge games, while the offense seems to struggle.

In the Capital One Bowl, Nebraska has scored two TDs, but had a blocked PAT returned for 2 points in the 1st quarter. The Huskers are hanging in as defenses are taking over in the 2nd quarter, and Nebraska is leading South Carolina 13-9.
The Gamecocks scored to take a 9-6 lead on a Connor Shaw QB sneak, but the Huskers took back the lead, and we're in the early 2nd quarter.

In the Gator Bowl, Florida scored early to grab a 7-0 lead, but Ohio State drove down for a 2nd quarter score, and The Buckeyes and Gators are tied at 7 in the battle of teams that never should have seen a bowl game, with both teams playing with 6-6 records.

TicketCity Bowl Update 2012

Houston has laid out the perfect gameplan. They have attacked the highly ranked Penn State pass defense head on, and Case Keenum is winning that battle easily. We talked earlier about Penn State needing to put pressure on Keenum, and that has been largely absent. Keenum has been picking apart the Lions secondary, and has made it look easy. Cougars are averaging around 8 yards per play on the day.
Houston 17, Penn State 0 after 1 quarter.

Bowl Game Dispatch #1 2012

The first game that we're working on today will be the Ticketcity Bowl. Keys to the game for Houston will be keeping pressure off of Case Keenum. Allow Keenum to get into a rythm, and hit quick passes, attacking the Penn State secondary. This will likely be the most wide open offense that Penn State has seen all season, so the Cougars have got to start quick today.
For Penn State, they need Devin Still to get after it early and attack the middle of the line. If he pressures Keenum enough, he can disrupt the flow for Houston. The secondary has to have a huge game today. Remember, Air Force terrorized Keenum 2 years ago.
I Pick: Houston
Too much speed for Penn State to handle.