Graham Watson

  • Arizona plays its way into the Pac-12 title game with win against Arizona State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    The Arizona-Oregon rematch you didn’t know you wanted is now a certainty.

    Arizona’s 42-35 win against rival Arizona State, coupled with UCLA’s improbable loss to Stanford, makes the Wildcats Pac-12 South champions. They earned the right to face the Ducks in next week’s conference title game.

    Arizona defeated Oregon 31-24 on Oct. 2, the Ducks only loss this season.

    Now the Ducks will have a chance for revenge and a chance to solidify their place in the College Football Playoff. If Arizona were to win, the Pac-12 would probably miss out on the playoff since all of its teams will have at least two losses.

    Friday’s Territorial Cup between Arizona and Arizona State was a wild one, which was ultimately sealed on a Wildcat defensive stand late in the fourth quarter. The teams essentially traded touchdowns in the first half and went into halftime tied at 21. But in the second half, Arizona held a 35-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

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  • Watch to Watch, Week 14: The final Saturday of the regular season is here

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    The college football regular season is almost over and there’s still so much to be decided.

    Welcome to rivalry week.

    There are several pivotal games his weekend which will determine division champions and possibly spots in the College Football Playoff.

    While a handful of games were played on Friday that had conference race implications, there are several big games Saturday, especially in the SEC, which could have a profound effect on the playoff rankings.

    Here’s what to watch in Week 14:

    Game of the week: No. 15 Auburn at No. 1 Alabama, 7:45 p.m. ET It would be ridiculous to think the drama of last year’s Iron Bowl could repeat itself, but this game — just like last year — has national championship implications. If Alabama wins, the Tide will probably notch the top spot in the College Football Playoff. If it loses, it could fall out of the playoff rankings altogether. Auburn has been out of the playoff race for a few weeks, but would like nothing more than to play spoilers to their rivals for the second consecutive year. Look for this game to have some scoring, especially with Auburn's porous defense.

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  • TCU impresses with Texas win, but still needs help in CFP rankings

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago

    TCU needed to make a statement in its final game against a worthwhile opponent and it didn’t disappoint.

    The Horned Frogs thrashed Texas 48-10 and did its best to make a case for a spot in the top 4 of the College Football Playoff.

    Of course, there’s still one more game to play — TCU will finish the season next week at home against Iowa State — but Thursday’s game marked the last quality matchup on the Horned Frogs' regular-season schedule. While Texas struggled early in the season, it came into Thursday's game winners of three straight and bowl eligible. Texas’ defense ranked second in the Big 12 in total defense and first in scoring defense, allowing just 21 points per game.

    But it was the TCU defense that took center stage on Thursday. It forced six turnovers, which the Horned Frogs converted into 31 points. It was the most turnovers for the Longhorns since committing six against Baylor on Dec. 3, 2011.

    Now, TCU gets to sit back and watch the teams ahead of it try to keep pace.

    Most of the teams ahead of the Horned Frogs have tough matchups this weekend, including the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, and the Egg Bowl between Mississippi State and Ole Miss.

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  • Heisman Watch: Tight race comes down to final two weeks

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The last full weekend of the regular season is upon us.

    For some players on this list, it might be the last chance to impress the Heisman voters, while others will get a couple more chances to punch their tickets to New York.

    While we’ve listed five people in our Heisman race, there are really just two  jockeying for position: Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.

    These two players essentially have been going toe-to-toe for the past few weeks matching each other’s stellar efforts. Gordon will need to help his Badgers beat Minnesota this weekend to get another weekend of play and another weekend to impress voters. Mariota already has another shot in the Pac-12 title game.

    Other players on the list are hoping Mariota and Gordon stumble to open the door for a dark horse. It’s a longshot, but stranger things have happened.

    Here’s a look at Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch heading into Week 14:

  • No changes at the top of the CFP rankings, Boise State and Marshall emerge

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    For the first time since the College Football Playoff rankings first surfaced five weeks ago, the top of the rankings are unchanged.

    After a lackluster weekend where some teams didn’t play, and others played and blew out weaker competition, the committee dug its heels in with its top seven and will let rivalry week and championship week sort out the top 4.

    Alabama, which beat Western Carolina last weekend, held on to the top spot, while Oregon, Florida State, Mississippi State, TCU, Ohio State and Baylor all followed. UCLA moved up to the No. 8 spot with its win against USC. The Bruins are the highest ranked two-loss team and could make a case for getting into the playoff if they win out. However, that would include a win against the Ducks and might have to jump several one-loss teams ahead of it.

    The most interesting thing about this week’s rankings weren't at the top, but rather the bottom where two teams from outside the Power Five conferences emerged for the first time since the first week of these rankings . Boise State appeared at No. 23 and undefeated Marshall showed up at No. 24.

    Until now, East Carolina had been the only non-Power Five team to appear in the rankings.

  • Will Muschamp's farewell setting up just like Ron Zook's did

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Ten years ago, former Florida coach Ron Zook was carried off the field on his player’s shoulders following an upset of a ranked Florida State team.

    It was Zook’s final game as Florida’s coach and his unranked Gators did something no one thought was possible.

    Could history repeat itself a decade later?

    Saturday’s rivalry game against the Seminoles will be Will Muschamp’s final game as the Gators’ coach. An upset of the No. 3 Seminoles would be the fitting ending to what has been a tumultuous four seasons in Gainesville.

    During Muschamp’s tenure, he’s taken the Gators to the Sugar Bowl and he’s also notched the first losing season since 1979. He’s had wins against Ohio State, LSU and Florida State, but he’s also lost to then-FCS team Georgia Southern.

    Muschamp knows this game means little more than bragging rights and perhaps a slightly better bowl game. The Gators earned their bowl eligibility with a win against Eastern Kentucky last week, but Muschamp won’t coach in that game.

    So, like Zook, the Florida State game will be Muschamp’s last chance to end on a high note.

    Still, players already have expressed what getting this improbable win would mean to them and to Muschamp.

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  • MEAC suspends 21 players after sideline-clearing brawl (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The Mid-American Athletic Conference has suspended 11 players from Norfolk State and 10 from South Carolina State after a sidelines-clearing brawl during the fourth quarter of last week’s game.

    Since that was the final game of both seasons, the players, who were not named, will be suspended for their respective 2015 season openers. Any seniors involved faced no punishment.

    The altercation began with 12:35 left in the final quarter after Jalen Simmons’ 4-yard touchdown run gave South Carolina State 29-17. No one is sure exactly what started the melee, but after the touchdown, pushing and shoving ensued and punches were thrown.

    No players were ejected, but South Carolina State coach Buddy Pough told media after the game he voluntarily removed two of his players.

    "I don't know what I saw," Pough said. "The only thing I saw is that kids were just out roughhousing, fighting, that sort of stuff. It was a mess, I can tell you that. It was ugly."

    It took more than 15 minutes to clear the field and restart the game.

    South Carolina State won 30-20.

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  • The Dr. Saturday Podcast: Thankful for rivalry week

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days 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 out of conference bodybag games and whether there needs to be a rule about playing those games so late in the season.

    We'll also hit on:

    • Oklahoma's Samaje Perine and Melvin Gordon and whether records really are meant to be broken.

    • Missouri's improbable run to potential back-to-back SEC East titles.

    • Whether Will Muschamp or Brady Hoke can end their regular season's on a high note (yeah, go ahead and start laughing now).

    • Of course, we'll pick all of the big games this weekend, including the Thanksgiving matchup between TCU and Texas and the always entertaining Iron Bowl.

    • And Graham will throw down what Gary Patterson, Jerry Kill and Dennis Frachione have in common with Nick's tickets to the D-II championship game.

    We know it's hard to see the regular season of college football end, but we're here for you.

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  • Young fan asks Oregon coach Mark Helfrich about Marcus Mariota's future, hilarity ensues

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    Press conferences can be boring.

    It’s usually the same questions about players and plays, so when a middle school student, 12-year-old Charlie Pape, from a Catholic school came into Oregon’s postgame presser and started talking about “Jesus, girls and Marcus Mariota,” well, it made for Internet gold.

    Initially Pape asks Oregon coach Mark Helfrich whether Mariota, the Ducks’ star junior quarterback, is going to come back next season.

    “That’s the talk around school,” he states.

    "What is the talk around school?" Helfrich asks. "How have you broken it down? What do you think he'll do?"

    “Well, there’s three things that go on at O’Hara Catholic — or four — OK?" Pape replies. "There’s Jesus, there’s girls, and there’s Marcus Mariota.”

    Of course, the entire press conference starts laughing and Helfrich can't keep a straight face. He does tell Pape he doesn't know about Mariota's future, but that he's enjoyed the interview.

    The only disappointing part about this video is that we never learned what the fourth thing was that goes on at Pape's school.

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  • Florida State continues to live on the edge with 20-17 win against Boston College

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 days ago

    At what point do we call Florida State seems to have a flair for the dramatic because it's gotten into the habits of making things far more interesting than they should be against weaker opponents.

    And Saturday’s 20-17 win against Boston College was yet another example.

    Florida State and Boston College were tied late in the fourth quarter when the Eagles put together a stellar drive that put them in field goal range. However, Joey Launceford missed the 43-yarder that would have given Boston College the lead with 4:37 remaining.

    Florida State got the ball back, went down the field and the ever-steady Roberto Aguayo knocked in a 26-yard field goal as time expired.

    If it feels like you’ve seen this scenario involving Florida State before, well, you have; maybe with a different play and a different margin, but always with the same outcome — a Florida State win.

    The Boston College win marked the sixth time the Seminoles either had to rally from a deficit or a tie to seal a victory. And most of those rallies have come in the second half.

    That’s not a knock on those teams, it’s just fact.

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