It was third down and the Colts needed 23 yards for a first down. Andrew Luck dropped back to throw and effortlessly fit a pass in between three Texan defenders to fellow rookie T.Y. Hilton who ended up taking it to the house. I sat there with my mouth agape, still shocked at the beauty of that pass. It really then hit me that honestly, there really is no race for rookie of the year. There is a clear cut winner, and that folks is Andrew Luck, Quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts.
The things that Andrew Luck is doing with such a young team is unheard of. He took the worst team in the NFL just a season ago to the playoffs this year. Here is Luck’s main case however: he did this remarkable feat with a supporting cast of almost all rookies on offense and virtually the same players on a defense that ranked as one of the NFL’s worst a season ago.
It looks like the Philadelphia Eagles have found their quarterback of the future. Nick Foles has looked very good in his last couple of starts and is a guy the team can truly build around.
He has shown great poise in the pocket and has even shown some hints of mobility although he wasn’t regarded as a very mobile quarterback. Due to the Eagles sub-par offensive line, Foles has been under constant pressure in the pocket all season. Unlike Vick however, Foles is a big guy at 6ft 6 inches and can take hits in the pocket without getting injured or losing the ball.
When the offensive line has played even halfway decent, Foles has shredded up opposing defenses. He has been averaging a total of 235 yards per game in his last 5 starts. If the Eagles can build around Foles by adding a few quality linemen, he could be the guy that takes them to the promised land.
The UCLA Bruins come into this game as the kings of Los Angeles after defeating the USC Trojans last week. That win guaranteed them a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against Stanford, Oregon, or Oregon State.
The Bruins were a mediocre 6-6 last year but have turned the tables this season. They key reason for this is the emergence of Redshirt Freshman Quarterback Brett Hundley, and the high-powered UCLA offense. Hundley has been stellar all season long with 25 Touchdowns and a completion percentage of 69.4% He has done everything Coach Mora has asked him to do and could very well lead UCLA back to the promised land.
The star of the UCLA offense however, is runningback Johnathan Franklin. Franklin, the senior from Los Angeles, has been one of the better backs in the country. He is 6th in the nation and 2nd in the Pac-12 in rushing yards with 1441.
This duo of a good passing and rushing game has been giving headaches to opposing defenses all season. The reason why UCLA has two losses though, is because they aren’t necessarily too good on the other side of the ball.
The Philadelphia Eagles head into Sunday’s game against the Washington Redskins with a very disappointing 3-6 record. Rookie Quarterback Nick Foles will make the start since starter Michael Vick is expected to be out with a concussion.
Luckily for Foles, his first start comes against one of the league’s worst defenses. The Redskin defense is giving up 300 pass yards per game, definitely something the Eagles will look to take advantage of.
What the Eagles need to do however is ease Foles into the flow of the game. If they come out with their usual pass happy offense, things could get ugly quick. Although it may lead to a few early three and outs, the Eagles will need to establish the run and also the short passing game. By doing this, Foles can get into a comfortable rhythm and deliver when it matters later on in the game.
The Fighting Irish head into this matchup with a perfect 5-0 record at stake. The No.7 Irish have one of the nation's best defenses led by senior Linebacker Manti Te'o. The defense has only given up 3 touchdowns all season and has only allowed an average of 7.8 points per game. Although the secondary is not the greatest, they have played well enough not to cost the Fighting Irish any games. Overall, the defense is an exceptionally solid unit, the offense however, is another story.
Notre Dame will enter this game with a rather interesting situation at Quarterback. It's almost like they use their quarterbacks as if they were baseball pitchers. They typically start sophomore Quarterback Everett Golson, but if he is not having a good game they bring in "relief" Quarterback Tommy Rees. Golson however, is coming of his best game of the season against the Miami Hurricanes. The Irish hope that Golson builds off his success and that he can lead them to the National Championship Game this year.