1. Meet Our Finalists - Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M

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    The SEC seen is widely seen as one of the hardest conferences in college football. This year, Texas A&M, led by Coach Kevin Sumlin, joined the SEC conference.

    In his first season with the team, the Aggies have a 10-2 record. Included in their win column was an absolutely stunning upset over Alabama in week 11. Johnny Manziel, the A&M QB, became the first freshman in history to win the Heisman Trophy. Their two losses to powerhouse teams Florida and LSU were lost by a combined eight points.

    This seems to be just the start for the team. They have an incoming recruiting class of 34 high-talent players, and 247sports.com ranks their team as seventh. 

    Give Kevin Sumlin your vote for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year award today at http://coachoftheyear.com

  2. The Coach of the Year finalist results are here in!Each of the our 25 finalists are living proof that the complete package of on-field excellence and off-field charity inspires not just only their players and communities, but also the fans nationwide who admire and respect them. See who made it through as finalists, and help us determine which of these coaches in each division deserves to win the award in each division from - now through December 20th by voting at here: http://coachoftheyear.com
I-Football Bowl Subdivision:
Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Urban Meyer, Ohio State
Jim Mora, UCLA
Bill O’Brien, Penn State
Mark Richt, Georgia
Nick Saban, Alabama
Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Charlie Strong, Louisville
I-Football Championship Subdivision
Rob Ash, Montana State
Willie Ritz, Sam Houston State
Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina
Jess Monken, Georgia Southern
Danny Rocco, Richmond
Division II
Mark Maciejewski, Shippensburg (Pa.)
Scott Maxfield, Henderson State (Ark.)
Bob Nielson, Minnesota Duluth
Peter Rossomando, New Haven (Conn.)
Jed Stugart, Sioux Falls (S.D.)
Division III:
Jim Catanzaro, Lake Forest (III.)
Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas (Minn.)
Pat Cerroni, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Lonnie Pries, Concordia Chicago
Steve Staker, Coe (Iowa)

    The Coach of the Year finalist results are here in!

    Each of the our 25 finalists are living proof that the complete package of on-field excellence and off-field charity inspires not just only their players and communities, but also the fans nationwide who admire and respect them.

    See who made it through as finalists, and help us determine which of these coaches in each division deserves to win the award in each division from - now through December 20th by voting at here: http://coachoftheyear.com

    I-Football Bowl Subdivision:

    • Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
    • Urban Meyer, Ohio State
    • Jim Mora, UCLA
    • Bill O’Brien, Penn State
    • Mark Richt, Georgia
    • Nick Saban, Alabama
    • Kevin Sumlin, Texas A&M
    • Dabo Swinney, Clemson
    • Charlie Strong, Louisville

    I-Football Championship Subdivision

    • Rob Ash, Montana State
    • Willie Ritz, Sam Houston State
    • Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina
    • Jess Monken, Georgia Southern
    • Danny Rocco, Richmond

    Division II

    • Mark Maciejewski, Shippensburg (Pa.)
    • Scott Maxfield, Henderson State (Ark.)
    • Bob Nielson, Minnesota Duluth
    • Peter Rossomando, New Haven (Conn.)
    • Jed Stugart, Sioux Falls (S.D.)

    Division III:

    • Jim Catanzaro, Lake Forest (III.)
    • Glenn Caruso, St. Thomas (Minn.)
    • Pat Cerroni, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
    • Lonnie Pries, Concordia Chicago
    • Steve Staker, Coe (Iowa)
  3. Top 10 Under-the-Radar College Football Running Backs

    Many of you know who some of the top running backs in the league are: Montee Ball, Marcus Lattimore, Knile Davis, etc. However, we want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the under-the-radar running backs that you may not know about despite their high potential.

    SportingNews regularly puts together some great, well-researched under-the radar lists, and here’s their compilation of the top ten best under-the-radar running backs:

    10. Dominique Brown, Louisville

    2011: 522 yards, 4 TDs rushing; 98 yards, 1 TD receiving as a sophomore.

    9. Matt Brown, Temple

    2011: 947 yards, 6 TDs rushing; 703 yards, 1 TD on kickoff returns as a junior

    8. Jordan Hall, Ohio State

    2011: 405 yards, 2 TDs rushing; 114 yards, 3 TDs receiving; 683 yards on kick returns as a junior

    7. D. J. Harper, Boise State

    2011: 557 yards, 9 TDs rushing; 140 yards, 1 TD receiving as a redshirt senior

    6. Jawan Jamison, Rutgers

    2011: 897 yards, 9 TDs rushing as a redshirt freshman

    5. Christine Michael, Texas A&M

    2011: 899 yards, 8 TDs rushing; 35 yards, 1 TD receiving as a junior

    4. LaDarius Perkins, Mississippi State

    2011: 422 yards, 2 TDs rushing; 59 yards, 2 TDs receiving; 363 yards on kick returns as a redshirt sophomore

    3. Bishop Sankey, Washington

    2011: 187 yards, 1 TD rushing; 134 yards on kick returns as a freshman

    2. Lache Seastrunk, Baylor

    2011: Sat out the season after transferring from Oregon

    1. Eric Stephens,Texas Tech

    2011: 565 yards, 8 TDs rushing; 133 yards receiving as a junior

    And here it is! Who are some of your favorite running backs this season?

  4. Top 10 College Football Stadiums

    Every college football stadium has its own history, tradition, and memories - making it almost impossible to rank them.

    With the atmosphere, fans, traditions, and architecture as the main criteria, Bleacher Report ranked Top 10 picks of college football stadiums in the country:


    10. Kyle Field - Texas A&M

    Capacity: 82,600

    Kyle Field is one of the most unique stadiums in college football, and that’s what makes it so good; it’s not often that you see a triple-decker stadium quite like this one. To top it all off, this stadium features one of the nation’s best video boards, stretching 4,000 square feet.

    9. Bryant-Denny Stadium - Alabama

    Capacity: 101,821

    After recent renovations, the stadium’s capacity has increased by 10,000, making it one of the nation’s top five largest stadiums. 

    8. Tom Osbourne Field at Memorial Stadium (Nebraska)

    Capacity: 81,067

    Fans file into this stadium every week to see their beloved Cornhuskers play. Nebraska currently has sold out 311 consecutive games at Memorial Stadium. This fan support has allowed Nebraska to begin a $63.5 million expansion that will increase the seating capacity to 91,000; the project will be completed by the 2013 season.

    Tied 6. Notred Dame Stadium

    Capacity: 80,795

    Notre Dame Stadium has established itself as one of the most unique stadiums in college football through its mixture of history, including things like Touchdown Jesus, and state of the art amenities, such as its new press box, and LED scoreboards.

    Tied 6. Tiger Stadium (LSU)

    Capacity: 92,400

    Tiger Stadium is the 6th largest stadium in the nation and is widely considered the most electrifying stadium in college football.

    Tied 4. Beaver Stadium (Penn State)

    Capacity: 107,082

    This triple-decker stadium ranks as the second-largest stadium in the country. The unbelievable number of fans who file in every week generate a great deal of noise, too…it’s been called the loudest by ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit. What’s also awesome? All fans wear white on game day, creating the best white-out in college football.


    Tied 4. Shieds-Watkins Field at Neyland Stadium - Tennessee

    Capacity: 102,455

    From the checkered end zones to the “Rocky Top” chants, Neyland Stadium has established itself as one of college football’s iconic landmarks. The stadium also ranks as the nation’s fourth largest stadium.

    3. Ohio Stadium (Ohio State)

    Capacity: 102,329

    Ohio Stadium is known for its horseshoe shape and truly is a beautiful sight. Other than the architecture, Ohio Stadium is known for it’s traditions, such as the “dotting of the i” before the game. In the past decade, the Buckeyes have had a winning percentage of 88 at the Horseshoe.

    2. Michigan Stadium

    Capacity: 109,901

    Michigan Stadium is the best test and one of the most widely recognized football stadiums in the country. It has seated over 113,000 on multiple occasions, a number untouched by the rest of the college football nation.

    1. Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (Florida)

    Capacity: 88,548

    The Swamp has the perfect blend of atmosphere, architecture, fans, and tradition that propelled it to the top spot on this list.

    "There is no better place than ‘The Swamp.’ That opening on the big screen with the alligators, it’s the best ever. When the Gators run out of the tunnel, it is absolutely the moment of moments in college football." - Lee Corso

    Now that you’ve seen the top 10 college football stadiums, what are some of your favorite stadiums?

    Don’t forget to give your favorite college football coach support by voting him Coach of the Year here:

    http://coachoftheyear.com

  5. Top 10 College Football Traditions

    It’s so much more than those four quarters of the game in college football. It’s the experience you have watching your favorite teams with your friends and the traditions that going along with college football that is unmatched by any other sport.

    With that said, here are some of the best game day college football traditions that we’ve seen:

    10. The Gator Chomp

    Made by University of Florida Gators fans, the Gator Chomp is an arm motion intended to get teammates pumped up while replicating an alligator snapping its mouth.

    9. Uga

    Uga is University of Georgia’s bulldog, their four-legged mascot since 1956.
     

    8. The Pink Locker Room

    The visitor’s locker room at Iowa’s Kinnick Stadium is painted the team’s color pink to get an edge on their opponent.
     

    7. White Out

    Showing their support for the Penn State Nittany Lions, everyone at the stadium dresses in white on game day.
     

    6. The Grove

    The grove is a huge tailgating field outside of Ole Miss’s Vaught-Hemmingway Stadium where players walk through right before they enter the field.
     

    5. The Midnight Yell/The 12th Man

    What’s The Midnight Yell, you ask? It’s a Texas A&M University tradition! The night before each home game, both the team and the crowd yells at Kyle Field to get hyped.


    4. Jump Around

    After the third quarter of every game at University of Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium, all 80,000 people in the stadium shake the stadium by jumping up and down to House of Pain’s “Jump Around.”
     

    3. War Eagle


    Although Auburn University’s mascot is the Tiger, tradition has it that before each game, a War Eagle flies around Jordan-Hare Stadium to get the crowd pumped up.


    2. Army-Navy March
     

    Before the rivalry game at the end of each season, Cadets from Army and Midshipmen from Navy file into the stadium to take their seats.


    1. Dotting the “I”

    The Ohio State University marching band spells out the word “Ohio” in cursive, but the biggest honor goes to the tuba (technically sousaphone) player who gets to be the one to dot the “i.”

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    Vote now: 
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  6. It’s been a great matchup so far! The Aggies are driving late in the first half.
txsportscast:

The 108th (and possibly the final) meeting between Texas A&M and Baylor is underway aka “The Battle of the Brazos.” This will feature an intriguing QB match-up between Baylor’s Robert Griffin III (RGIII) and A&M’s Ryan Tannehill. 
Should be a good game today, I’ll do my best to give quarterly updates! 

    It’s been a great matchup so far! The Aggies are driving late in the first half.

    txsportscast:

    The 108th (and possibly the final) meeting between Texas A&M and Baylor is underway aka “The Battle of the Brazos.” 

    This will feature an intriguing QB match-up between Baylor’s Robert Griffin III (RGIII) and A&M’s Ryan Tannehill. 

    Should be a good game today, I’ll do my best to give quarterly updates! 

The Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award recognizes college football coaches who demonstrate Sportsmanship, Integrity, Responsibility and Excellence both on and off the field. Endorsed by the College Football Hall of Fame, the program awards one winning coach from each NCAA division (I-FBS, I-FCS, II, and III) with $50,000 to donate to a charity of their choice, a $20,000 grant to each school’s alumni association, and the Coach of the Year trophy.