- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Florida State seems to be at its best when its back is against the wall.
Trailing by as many as 21, the Seminoles put together a nearly flawless second half to escape Louisville with a 42-31 victory.
But the final score didn’t paint an accurate picture of how the game played out.
In the first half, the Seminoles were on upset alert.
Louisville jumped out a 21-0 lead and Florida State looked shell-shocked. Winston threw two interceptions in the first half — and would add a career-high third in the second half — and Louisville defense was playing about as well as it has all season.
But in the second half, that all changed.
Winston threw his third pick on his first pass of the second half but then managed to force a fumble and get the Seminoles the ball back.
That played seemed to spark something in Florida State as it proceeded to dominate Louisville in the second half. The Seminoles outgained Louisville 380-170 in the second half and was 5-of-8 on third down. Louisville never converted a third down.
Florida State wore down the Louisville defense and with the help of some strange and lucky bounces was able to take the lead and eventually pull away.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast! Throughout the season we'll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we break down the College Football Playoff rankings that will be totally different by next week. It's a pointless exercise, but someone has to do it. We'll also discuss:
• Marcus Mariota and Oregon finally getting over the Stanford hump.
• The curious case of Notre Dame and the CFP committee.
• Pick the top matchups of the weekend, including Bad/Good Bo against Auburn, Utah and Sparky, and the potentially high-scoring affair between TCU and West Virginia.
• Also, we'll discuss whether any Florida State player will be suspended for the rest of the season. Hey, there's still time (save the nasty emails until after you listen).
• Nick laments about his Royals and Graham seeks out tips for her new homebrewing hobby.
Yes, there's a lot of random conversation going on this week, but that's exactly how we like it.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Mark Stoops doesn’t want to make Saturday’s game bigger than it is, but trust that it’s a very big game for the Kentucky football program.
When the Wildcats roll into Columbia, Mo., to face the Tigers it won’t just be another SEC win on the line — the third in Stoops tenure — it will be the all important sixth win, the one that earns bowl eligibility.
“ I look at it because we're sitting on five. So six is big because it's the next one,” Stoops said. “That's always my message, let's get this next victory, it just happens to be six. Yeah, sure, it would be nice, I'm not going to deny that, but it's important, it's our next game — what's important is our next game and that's how we think about it.”
Kentucky hasn’t been to a bowl game since losing to Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl in 2010. Since then, the Wildcats have gone 5-7, 2-10, and 2-10. This year has already been a year of firsts for the Wildcats, including the first SEC win in Stoops’ tenure, a bowl game would just continue to solidify that the program is moving in the right direction.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
This weekend is Marcus Mariota’s time to shine.
Stanford has been a thorn in Oregon’s side and Mariota has been just OK in the past two contests between the teams, which has contributed to the Ducks' losses. This Stanford team isn’t as good as the past two, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be ready and waiting to make Mariota look average again. It seems like this game is always the one that knocks Mariota out of Heisman contention. If he can shine against the Cardinal the way he has against almost every other opponent this season, he’ll give Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott a run for his money.
Here’s Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch for Week 10:
Penn State coach James franklin provided a few details about the injury that ended the season of starting safety Ryan Keiser.
Keiser is currently being hospitalized after suffering a rib injury during last Thursday’s practice, which led a small bowel injury.
Franklin said he received permission from Keiser and his family to provide details about the injury, but he declined to say how it happened. Franklin also wanted to refute rumors that Keiser had contracted an infection as a result of the injury.
“There is no infection,” Franklin said. “I wanted to make sure that we are clear.”
A source told ESPN that Keiser was not in critical condition, but "also not great."
Keiser, a senior, was a former walk-on who progressed from special teams to starting safety. He finishes his season with 25 tackles, an interceptions and three pass breakups.
TCU leading receiver Josh Doctson will make the trip to West Virginia after coach Gary Patterson said he’s made “drastic improvement” since suffering an ankle sprain against Texas Tech last weekend.
Doctson left last week’s 82-27 blowout after suffering the ankle injury in the third quarter and did not return. There was initial speculation that Doctson had suffered a high ankle sprain, but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram citeda team source saying that wasn’t the case.
Doctson leads the horned Frogs with 35 catches for 573 yards and seven touchdowns. Against Oklahoma State two weeks ago, Doctson had 226 yards, which was one yard shy of a TCU single-game school record.
While the Doctson news was good, the word on backup quarterback Matt Joeckel was not. Joeckel suffered a season-ending knee injury in the fourth quarter of the blowout of the Red Raiders. Joeckel, a senior, has already graduated.
“It’s a shame,” Patterson said. “We gave him an ovation in the meeting on Sunday because of everything he did for us as a team, the way he came in, the way he helped Trevone (Boykin).
Utah senior wide receiver Dres Anderson will miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury, the university announced Wednesday.
Anderson, a team captain, suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Utes 24-21 win against USC last weekend, but he stayed in the game. He caught three passes for 30 yards.
Anderson is Utah’s leading receiver with 355 yards and four touchdowns. He was second on the team with 22 receptions.
Anderson, who is the son of former NFL wide receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson, ends his Utah career ranked fifth on the school's all-time receiving list with 2,077 yards.
Utah plays Arizona State this weekend in a pivotal Pac-12 South game. The Sun Devils currently lead the Pac-12 South, but a Utah win would tie the two teams and give the Utes the tiebreaker with four games remaining.
For more Utah news, visit Utezone.com.
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Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace was frustrated with the play-calling during Saturday’s 10-7 loss against LSU and said Monday that he hopes the Rebels are more aggressive going forward especially on the early downs.
"A lot of times when we were throwing the ball it was third down," he said. "It's easy [for the defense] when you know it's coming — third-and-9, third-and-long.
"Hopefully we can be more aggressive this week, but I'm going to run the plays that are called. That's all I can do."
Wallace’s frustration with the safe plays got the best of him last Saturday when he decided against throwing a route to the sideline or out of bounds during the waning seconds against the Tigers. Instead, he launched a ball toward the end zone that was intercepted and cost the Rebels a chance to tie the game and go into overtime.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
History was made Tuesday when the first-ever College Football Playoff rankings were announced to an eager public that wanted to know their team’s chances at a national title.
If you’re a fan of the SEC West, Tuesday was a good day.
If you’re a fan of Notre Dame, or Marshall — an undefeated program that didn’t even crack the top 25 — you’re in complete shock.
However, the most important thing to keep in mind while digesting a top 25 built by 12 people sitting in a closed room for the past 24 hours is that the rankings we’re all discussing today won’t be the same rankings we’ll see in the final poll on Dec. 7.
That’s because there are four SEC West teams ranked in the top six and all of them have to play at least one other member of that group before the season ends. In fact, No. 2 Ole Miss and No. 3 Auburn will play this weekend, which will have a significant effect on the top four just a week after the hullabaloo surrounding these first rankings.
Even though these rankings are fluid, Notre Dame still has to feel a little sick.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Nine weeks ago, Texas A&M quarterback Kenny Hill was a Heisman contender. Come this weekend, he might be watching from the bench.
Offensive coordinator Jake Spavital said Tuesday that Hill and freshman Kyle Allen both have been taking snaps with the first team and that a starter for Saturday’s game against Louisiana-Monroe would be decided later in the week.
“We opened it back up and we've had some good experiences throughout last week in live scrimmage situations," Spavital said. "We've put them in different scenarios ... and are still challenging them in different ways. It's still wide open."
This is a lot like fall camp when the two players competed to be the opening day starter. Hill won that competition and proceeded to cement his starting spot with a spectacular first start against South Carolina.
But as the Aggies have faced tougher competition, Hill has struggled mightily.