SportsNet - October 2012
As week eight of the college football season concludes, the Heisman trophy candidates are starting to take form. Of the top five I have in contention as we near the end of the season, I think it's safe to say none of them were considered at the beginning of the season. Remember the preseason Heisman picks in: Matt Barkley, Denard Robinson, Montee Ball, Landry Jones and Tyler Wilson? They all have underperformed and the new Heisman leaders have stepped up. Let's take a look at the semi-revamped Heisman list of contenders as we enter week nine of the college football season.
1. Collin Klein
This Halloween encounter sees the two sides meet only three days after an enthralling and controversial league meeting, which saw Manchester United, defeat a nine man Chelsea team 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.
The fallout from the accusations of racial abuse against match referee Mark Clattenburg appear even at this early stage to potentially have far reaching consequences, whatever the outcome of the relevant investigations. But for all the attention this has gathered, both teams will be happy to return to action and for Chelsea, an opportunity for retribution.
Coupled with the Champions League defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk, Chelsea are now in real fear of suffering three consecutive defeats in a little over a week. The league leaders will be hoping to defeat United for the first time in seven meetings between the sides.
Branislav Ivanovic, Fernando Torres and John Terry will all miss out through suspension. Frank Lampard’s calf strain means the England midfielder will miss out again. Daniel Sturridge is likely to start up front for Chelsea and the game could also see starts for Spanish right back César Azpilicueta and German midfielder Marko Marin.
While the Big Ten Conference, with the exceptions of Ohio State and Penn State, has been disappointing as a whole this season, a number of schools still have the opportunities to have excellent seasons.
With both Ohio State and Penn State ineligible for postseason or a conference championship, the Big Ten Leaders division will likely fall to Wisconsin even if is by default. Regarded prior to the season as a team that could compete for the national championship, the Badgers have been to many, a disappointment.
If Wisconsin however, were able to rise to the occasion on December 1st and win the Big Ten, the Badgers would reach the Rose Bowl for a third consecutive season. That's something that has never been done in Wisconsin history. No Big Ten school has played in the Rose Bowl in three consecutive years since Michigan did it from 1977-79.
Chelsea who have been tracking the highly rated Colombian forward, could see themselves disappointed as Atletico are lining up a new contract deal for the highly rated forward. Chelsea have been posed to put a 38m offer on the table in January, but Falcao's attitude could see him stay in Madrid as he persistent to point he's a Atletico player when face by the media. If he does choose to stay, it will surley open up a new wave of oppournties for Atletico, who aim to make the La Liga title race a three way battle.
Another Chelsea game and another raft of accusations against officials after losing. It seems that the two are inextricably linked. The only surprise is that this time John Terry was sat in the stands, having been banned for four games due to his FA conviction for racist abuse. They say that a dog reflects its owner; well it seems that applies also to football teams. In the case of Chelsea, they have an owner with a dubious background in his native country. Chelsea and Abramovich it seems are not very good losers. There is a firestorm of abuse and allegations made against all and sundry every time they lose a match. All sorts of ridiculous accusations about scurrilous officials and underhand tactics by opposing teams punctuate every loss. It seems a bit rich from someone whose sudden rise to the ranks of the mega rich was less to do with any sort of brilliant business career and more to do with being the right hand man of Boris Yeltzin. It is therefore no surprise that intimidation in the face of defeat is the order of the day for Chelsea FA. But don’t take my word for it. Just take a look at the facts.