Election Day 2012: Award Winners for the College Football Season After Week 10
In spirit of the 2012 US Presidential Election, it is time to take a look at the 2012 college football season to date and decide who most deserves votes for doing a solid job.
While the presidential candidates wait to hear their fate and blue and red states argue to get their voice heard, Bleacher Report is a place for a little fun amidst the chaos.
Here are my winners for various awards through 10 weeks of helmet-rattling debate and campaigning for the NCAAF's top prize.
The Crimson Tide is the best candidate to run college football. They have a proven track record, stomping LSU 21-0 in last year's national championship game and have won two out of the three previous title games.
This year Alabama has jumped out to a perfect 9-0 start and are fresh off a gritty victory in an ear-shattering LSU stadium in Baton Rouge. While the defense gave up an uncharacteristic 400+ total yards of offense and committed two turnovers, the Tide never panicked and found a way to make a play when it mattered most. Every candidate has a setback, but 'Bama has powered through every obstacle to make the strongest push for a second-straight crown.
If there was ever debate about college football's elite, Alabama is grinning its biggest Joe Biden smile at the critics. But the polls will eventually show that Alabama had the race won all along.
For every president, there needs to be an equally strong running mate. Which is the team most people want to see on the national stage for most excitement and high quality performance?
The resounding sentiment this season seems to be the speedy, high flying Ducks from Eugene.
Oregon is coming off another jaw-dropping display of offense in which they hung 62 points on the mighty Trojans of USC, most ever on the home field of any USC Trojans team. The Ducks average over 560 yards of total offense per game, fourth in the nation.
The world wants to see offense and defense, Goliath and Goliath, and President Alabama and Vice President Oregon make for a tantalizing pair to sit atop college football as the top two ranked teams in the nation.
Best Run by a Dark Horse Candidate
The Beavers were a pathetic 3-9 last season and just 3-6 in the Pac-12.
Talk about a turnaround.
Oregon State is now 7-1 this season and is bowl eligible. They are ranked No. 11 in the current BCS Rankings and still have two games against teams ranked in the Top 25-- No. 14 Stanford and No. 3 Oregon.
While the Beavers' national championship hopes likely came to an end with their Oct. 27 loss at Washington, they still have a chance to make serious noise in the Pac-12 and can even throw a wrench of their own in the title picture if they can upset Oregon in Corvallis in the "Civil War" game on Nov. 24.
The University of Southern California has fed us nothing but lies through 10 weeks of watching its campaign.
The campaign started with great promise and expectations of huge things on the horizon. The Trojans said they would be the ones to dethrone the mighty SEC and deliver the program back into relevancy.
Anyone who bought in is now left empty-handed and sobbing in the streets of Los Angeles.
The Trojans have delivered on none of their campaign promises, limping to a 6-3 record and a No. 19 ranking in the BCS. What's more, they still have to play UCLA-—currently ahead of them in the Pac-12 South—and undefeated Notre Dame.
We were forced to believe promises USC could never deliver on, and it has been another shameful campaign strategy from Lane Kiffin and his running mates.
Most Likely to be Impeached
After cruising to a 14-0 record and national championship in 2010 on the broad shoulders of Cam Newton, Chizik has crashed the Auburn Tigers into the ground. Following the 2010 national championship season, Auburn has gone a combined 10-15 through this past Saturday, where they were finally able to pick up their second win of the season—against New Mexico State at home.
The Tigers only managed to make it to the Chick-fil-A Bowl last December and will not be heading to any bowl at the end of this season. They have not won a single SEC game this year, and their last chances to do so come this weekend at home against No. 5 Georgia and Nov. 24 against No. 1 Alabama.
Despite disappointing results, Auburn has boasted two Top-5 recruiting classes in 2010 and 2011.
Chizik's results are not what the people are looking for, and he is as good as gone.
Largest Deficit Overcome
Despite being projected as a first-round draft pick last April, Te'o decided to return to Notre Dame for his senior season and has guided the Irish to a perfect record and No. 4 ranking so far.
Te'o started the season off ESPN's Heisman Watch list and has risen all the way to fourth place in the polls for the coveted award, looking to become the first defensive player to win the Heisman since Charles Woodson in 1997.
Te'o's incredible season has come despite unfathomable heartache back in September when his girlfriend and grandmother both passed away in the span of six hours.
Instead of wallowing in depression over such a loss, Te'o has played at an astounding level, tallying 85 tackles, 1.5 sacks and five interceptions through nine games.
Progress is key in life and in politics, and Te'o has made as much as anyone.
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