Academy Panel Chooses Arkansas Win as Top Game

Posted by | October 13, 2009 | News & Events | No Comments

Arkansas putting an end to the undefeated season of Auburn University was the top Week 6 nominee for the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Year.

Arkansas’ high-powered offense did its job and its much-maligned defense held Auburn long enough to guarantee a victory in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) game at Fayetteville. Arkansas rolled to a 27-3 halftime lead, and overcame a late third-quarter rally by Auburn to win 44-23.

Arkansas was led by running back Michael Smith’s 145 yards rushing and a 274-yard passing day by quarterback Ryan Mallett.

Three other games also earned significant consideration this week: Georgia Tech outscored Florida State in Tallahassee, 49-44; No. 1 Florida shut down No. 4 LSU 13-3 in an SEC defensive battle; and Duke beat N.C. State 49-28 for its first Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) road victory in almost six years.

The College Football Game of the Year concept was developed by the Academy’s 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, Daniel Moore, a well-known artist in Alabama for his paintings of legendary coach Bear Bryant and the Crimson Tide.

At the end of the season and bowl games, a final review of nominations will be prepared for consideration. The winning school receives a commemorative limited edition fine art print and a $5,000 donation for its general scholarship fund.

We know college football fans have strong opinions about their favorite teams. That’s why the Academy is encouraging fans to pick against our panel of experts by emailing games@ussa.edu to let us know your thoughts on the college season’s best games.

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