College Football Awards Show 2012: Start Time, Date, TV Info and More

Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 4, 2012

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 20:  Manti T'eo #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish encourages the crowd to cheer against the BYU Cougars at Notre Dame Stadium on October 20, 2012 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated BYU 17-14.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Before the wonderful college football bowl season kicks off, everybody will gather around to look back on another terrific regular season. It is called the Home Depot College Football Awards, and it will take place later this week.

This is when the best quarterback, running back, defensive player, offensive lineman and more will be named.

The finalists for each award have already been announced, so let's take a look at everything you need to know about the college football award show.


Date: Dec. 6, 2012

Time: 7:30 p.m. ET


The following will include the candidates for each award that will be presented (h/t

Biletnikoff Award (Nation’s Outstanding Receiver)

Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
Marqise Lee, USC
Terrance Williams, Baylor

Prediction: Marqise Lee. We're talking about a guy that had double-digit receptions in seven games and broke a record against Arizona with 345 receiving yards. Not only is he the best receiver, but he's arguably the most talented player in the country.


Chuck Bednarik Award (College Defensive Player of the Year)

Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Prediction: Manti Te'o. Many believe that Johnny Manziel will win the Heisman Trophy, so if the Notre Dame superstar can't win that award, we should at least give him credit for being the best defensive player.


Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award (Nation’s Outstanding Place-kicker)

Dustin Hopkins, FSU
Cairo Santos, Tulane
Caleb Sturgis, Florida

Prediction: Cairo Santos. He led the country with 100 percent field goals made, as he was a perfect 21-for-21. Do I really need to say any more than that?


Ray Guy Award (Nation’s Outstanding Punter)

Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
Kyle Christy, Florida
Scott Kovanda, Ball State

Prediction: Kyle Christy. He was sixth in the country with a 46.10-yard punting average, and he played on one of the better teams in college football. Besides, Allen won the award last season. Give somebody else a shot.


Maxwell Award (College Player of the Year)

Collin Klein, Kansas State
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame

Prediction: Collin Klein. If Manziel is going to win the Heisman and Te'o wins the award for the best defensive player, Klein has to win something. He is without a doubt the most valuable player to his team and is a senior. There is no way he leaves the award show empty-handed.


Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (Nation’s Best Quarterback)

Collin Klein, Kansas State
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Braxton Miller, Ohio State

Prediction: Johnny Manziel. I don't think there is much argument about this prediction.


Outland Trophy (Nation’s Outstanding Interior Lineman)

Jonathan Cooper, UNC
Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Barrett Jones, Alabama

Prediction: Barrett Jones. The guy is playing a completely different position for the third time at Alabama, and once again, the Crimson Tide are in the national championship. It is hard to argue against the senior center winning this award for the second year in a row.


Jim Thorpe Award (Nation’s Outstanding Defensive Back)

Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Dee Milliner, Alabama
Phillip Thomas, Fresno State

Prediction: Johnthan Banks. The Mississippi State Bulldog is simply a ball hawk in the secondary and is somebody opposing quarterbacks try to avoid at all costs. He finished the year with four interceptions, 59 tackles and seven passes defensed.


Doak Walker Award (Nation’s Outstanding Running Back)

Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Kenjon Barner, Oregon
Johnathan Franklin, UCLA

Prediction: Kenjon Barner. This Oregon Duck finished seventh in the country with 1,624 rushing yards and scored 21 touchdowns on the ground. Keep in mind that due to the Ducks blowing teams out, the senior was often taken out in the second half. Imagine what his numbers would look like if he played four quarters like everybody else.


Now that we have gotten the finalists out of the way, what are some of your predictions? Did anybody get snubbed from the list? Will there be any surprises during the award show? Let us know in the comment section below.