Graham Watson

  • TCU escapes Minnesota 23-17 in tough season opener

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Thursday’s season opener between TCU and Minnesota probably told viewers more about the Golden Gophers than the Horned Frogs.

    TCU escaped with a 23-17 victory and it left a lot of people questioning whether the Horned Frogs were really the No. 2 team in the country.

    Minnesota struggled mightily on offense until late in the game, but showed tremendous poise on defense against one of the nation’s premier scoring offenses and quarterback Trevone Boykin, a Heisman Trophy candidate.

    While TCU did manage 449 total yards against the Gophers, the play in the red zone was lacking. The Horned Frogs settled for three field goals and missed one. Boykin completed 26-of-42 passes for 246 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also added a rushing touchdown.

    The Gophers held TCU to just 5.9 yards per pass and 4.6 yards per carry. It allowed a 36.8 percent third-down conversion rate. These are not typical TCU numbers, which should give Minnesota a measure of pride considering the Horned Frogs averaged 46.5 points per game last year and averaged 533 yards per game.

    For more TCU news, visit PurpleMenace.com.

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  • Report: Baylor DE Shawn Oakman and S Orion Stewart suspended for opener

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Baylor star defensive end Shawn Oakman has been suspended for the Bears’ Friday season opener against SMU, according to Bleacher Report.

    Fox Sports reported that safety Orion Stewart also was suspended.

    The reason for the suspension was not disclosed.

    Oakman, a fifth-year senior, was an All-American last season after setting a Baylor single-season record 11 sacks. He finished the year with 51 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, nine quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered.

    Stewart was an All-Big 12 safety last season with 82 tackles and four interceptions.

    Both outlets reported that neither player made the trip to Dallas.

    For more Baylor news, visit SicEmSports.com.

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  • The history of college football's national champions in one handy GIF

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    With the college football season upon us, we thought it was a great time to provide an animated history lesson of all the national champions in college football history.

    That’s right, in one GIF, we give you every national champion beginning with the 1869 season (and what a crazy two-game season that was, amiright?) all the way to the reigning champion Ohio State Buckeyes.

    Some cool notes about this:

    A hearty thank you to Eric Orvieto for putting this wonderful GIF together and to SportsLogos.net for the art.

  • Dr. Saturday's daily fantasy picks and advice for Thursday's games

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    Dr. Saturday is getting in the daily fantasy game.

    With the increase in daily fantasy popularity, we decided to use our college football knowledge to help you have a more fun — and profitable — college football season.

    Unfortunately, Yahoo Sports does not offer a college football daily fantasy game, so we took our talents to FanDuel to compile the best lineups. Usually, this feature will post on Friday for Saturday games, but since Thursday is the opening day, we thought we’d add this weekday exception.

    Good luck!

    QUARTERBACK

    Thomas Sirk, Duke ($5,100) I debated about whether to spend big money on the quarterback position by grabbing Trevone Boykin or Brandon Doughty, but Sirk might be the best value pick on the board.

    He’s a dual threat, which is always a nice find in daily fantasy. Last season, he averaged 5.1 yards per carry and scored eight rushing touchdowns. His passing stats aren’t nearly as prolific, but he did complete 10-of-14 passes for 67 yards and three touchdowns. Remember, these numbers are all as a backup. He’s now the unquestioned leader of the offense and coach David Cutcliffe has a lot of confidence in his new signal caller.

    RUNNING BACK

    WIDE RECEIVER

    TIGHT END

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  • What to Watch, Week 1: Welcome back, college football

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    The college football season is finally here (golf claps), but while we’re all excited about the beginning of everyone’s favorite five-month journey, we also have to temper our early expectations.

    The first weekend of college football always boasts some ridiculous performance that has us anointing the next Heisman winner and the next national championship… Sorry Kenny Hill. So as long as we all remember the college football season is a marathon not a sprint, this should be the best college football season ever (just like every season).

    Every week, Dr. Saturday will highlight the top games that you should be watching so you can be the most informed fan you can be.

    So, without any further ado, here’s what to watch in Week 1:

    Game of the week: No. 1 Ohio State at Virginia Tech, Mon., 8 p.m. ET Ohio State has dominated offseason talk as everyone wants to know what the defending national champions will do for an encore performance. Remember, Virginia Tech was Ohio State’s only loss a year ago. The Hokies went into Columbus and frustrated then-new quarterback J.T. Barrett. It’s a game that Barrett has talked about a lot in terms of his maturation and one he’d like to have back.

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  • QB Treon Harris will start season opener for Florida

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Sophomore quarterback Treon Harris will start Florida’s season opener against New Mexico State, coach John McElwain announced following Wednesday’s practice.

    However, McElwain said redshirt freshman Will Grier also will play.

    Harris started six games last season and threw for 1,019 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 338 yards and three scores.

    Harris and Grier have been in a tight battle for the starting role and even last week, McElwain said that he was going to play two quarterbacks. Grier is more of a pocket passer while Harris is a dual threat.

    For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.

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  • The Big Ten Network released 'tradition' videos for (almost) all of its teams

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    The Big Ten Network released “tradition” videos for all of its football teams (well, almost all. Sorry Illinois), and they are, well, interesting.

    If you’re a fan of the team, or a big consumer of collegiate traditions, you’re going to understand each of these. If you’re not, well, just laugh at the ridiculousness of it all and be happy Kyle Flood didn’t lose a finger and splatter blood all over James Franklin’s white shirts.

    INDIANA

    Hep’s Rock is a historic landmark on campus, but in this video it’s been replaced by a historic geode.

    IOWA

    Iowa's fan section is called the Hawk’s Nest. Wonder if they learned how to make that nest off Pintrest?

    MARYLAND

    A cannon is shot off at College Park before games. Might have been a better video with something like this.

    MICHIGAN

    Coach Jim Harbaugh tips his hat to mentor Bo Schembechler. Next year, watching Harbaugh buy khakis at Walmart will replace this.

    MICHIGAN STATE

    Apparently, if you ask someone from Michigan where they’re from, they will show you their hand. Yeah, I had to look this one up.

    MINNESOTA

    "Ski-U-Mah" is Minnesota’s rally cry and it’s written on the inside of their uniforms so no one forgets.

    NEBRASKA

    NORTHWESTERN

    OHIO STATE

  • Woman sues Oregon State, Mike Riley, for 'sexually violent culture'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    A former Oregon State student has filed a federal Title IX lawsuit against former head football coach Mike Riley for creating and not correcting a sexually hostile culture among football players, which she said contributed to her rape in 1999.

    The woman alleges that she was raped on Oct. 9, 1999, while a freshman at OSU.

    According to legal documents obtained by the Oregonian, the woman was attending a party at an off campus apartment when a man approached her with an open beer can. The man said he was visiting Corvalis, where the Oregon State campus is located, from Portland.

    The woman said she reported the rape two days later to a counselor at Oregon State’s Student Health Services and says that the worker suggested that perhaps she said “yes” to the alleged perpetrator and that she probably should not have been drinking.

    The woman did not seek other help or go to authorities and ultimately transferred from the school.

    The lawsuit is seeking $7.5 million in damages.

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  • Freshman WR packs up and leaves SDSU without telling coaches

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Wide receiver Desean Holmes, a former four-star recruit, won’t play for San Diego State this season after he abruptly packed up his dorm room and left the school without telling anyone.

    According to coach Rocky Long, Holmes missed a morning weightlifting session on Friday and when a graduate student went to find him, Holmes dorm room was vacant.

    He was only with the program five days.

    “The young man has a lot of problems, way too many for us to handle,” Long told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “Obviously, he wasn’t ready to be here.”

    Holmes had 14 known scholarship offers, including some from major programs such as UCLA, USC, Nebraska and Oklahoma, but signed with the Aztecs on National Signing Day. However, Long said Holmes stopped communicating with the coaches during the summer. He reconnected a couple weeks before school started, enrolled and was in class on the first day of school on Monday.

    Long said recruiting coordinator Tony White had talked with people connected with Holmes, but hasn’t been able to get in touch with the star receiver, who lives with a foster family.

  • Report: George O'Leary wants to become UCF's full-time AD

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Central Florida coach George O’Leary wants to be the school’s athletic director, according to a report in USA Today.

    O’Leary, 69, was named the interim athletic director in June and is willing to step down as football coach to assume athletic director duties full time.

    According to USA Today, which spoke to two people close to the situation on the condition of anonymity, UCF was readying for a national search to replace Todd Stansbury, but put those plans on hold after O’Leary approached school president John Hitt with the idea to become the full-time athletic director. However, there’s concern about O’Leary’s administration experience. He’s been a coach either at the college or NFL level since 1980.

    The article suggests that if O’Leary were to become the school’s AD, offensive coordinator Brent Key would be the new football coach. Key has been at UCF since 2005.

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