Florida State might finally be able to enjoy a week of peace.
In its biggest game of the season, the Seminoles rallied from five different deficits to take a 31-27 lead midway through the fourth quarter and escaped with a win.
Notre Dame didn’t go down without a fight, though.
During the Irish's final possession, they got down to the Florida State 2-yard line and appeared to have the game-winning touchdown when Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson found Corey Robinson in the end zone with 13 seconds left. But a debatable pass-interference call negated the score and backed the Irish up to the 18. On the final play, Golson, who had been stellar all game, threw up a desperation pass that landed in the hands of a Florida State defender outside the back of the end zone.
The victory pushes the Seminoles' winning streak to 23 games and quarterback Jameis Winston continues his undefeated streak as the Seminoles' starter.
The game actually ended up being better than advertised.
TCU’s dream of being a Big 12 champion and representing the conference in the College Football Playoff took a major step forward on Saturday after a 42-9 dismantling of Oklahoma State.
The Cowboys were one of two Big 12 teams remaining that hadn’t lost a conference game. With the loss, Kansas State is the only team unbeaten in Big 12 play.
TCU was able to shake off a heartbreaking loss to Baylor last week in which the Horned Frogs blew a 21-point lead in the final 11 minutes of the game to lose on a last-second field goal.
But if the Horned Frogs were still hurting from that loss, they didn’t show it.
The offense, led by quarterback Trevone Boykin, who injured his non-throwing wrist last week, was as potent as it’s been all season long. The Horned Frogs rolled up 675 yards of total offense and the defense limited the Cowboys offense, which came into the game averaging 37.2 points per game, to just three field goals.
Even after the collapse against Baylor, no one doubted that TCU was one of the top teams in the Big 12. With Baylor losing to West Virginia and TCU still to play Kansas State, all of the goals are still out there for the Horned Frogs.
Prior to the season, Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt shared a photo of his team iPad, which had just one instruction — kick the ball through the uprights.
Apparently Hunnicutt, who is considered one of the best kickers in the nation, misplaced that playbook prior to Saturday’s game against Kansas State because he missed two field goals, including a chip shot he pushed left, and had an extra point blocked to help Kansas State to a 31-30 win.
The victory keeps the Wildcats undefeated in conference play while it puts the Sooners on the outside looking in with two conference losses.
Kansas State is now in the hunt for a Big 12 title and possibly a spot in the College Fotball Playoff, which seems a little surreal considering the Wildcats were not being talked about as contenders before the game. Most of the Big 12 talk centered on Baylor, TCU and Oklahoma, while the Wildcats lurked in the shadows, discounted because of their non-conference loss to Auburn.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
After two crazy weeks where ranked teams were losing left and right, we finally come down to Earth a little bit this week with an exciting, but less pressure-packed slate of games. Here’s what to watch in Week 8:
Game of the week: No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State, 8 p.m. ET The anticipation for this game has been marred somewhat by all of the off-field issues surrounding Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, still, this is a game that could decide whether the Seminoles are part of the inaugural playoff. FSU needs this win more than Notre Dame because the rest of its schedule isn’t nearly as strong as some of the other teams in the playoff mix. The Seminoles defense, which has been mediocre compared to last year, will have to be on the top of its game against Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who will try to make this contest his signature Heisman moment.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen knows the ebbs and flows of the coaching profession as well as anyone, and that’s probably why he’s not impressed by a couple new websites promoting him as the next Florida coach.
In fact, Mullen told “Head to Head Radio” in Mississippi on Wednesday that it angers him more than anything.
"It's really an insult to coaches and to players at institutions," Mullen said. "Whether they're putting websites out to hire you or fire you or do all these different things, I don't think that does any good for anybody.”
"At the end of every season, there are coaching changes, but people put so much in. You're so committed, yourself, your family, your team, everybody's so committed, that I think it's insulting to the job everybody does. "I know there are fans that like that stuff. I don't think that stuff is great. People can have their opinions and call in on shows, but to take it that far, I don't think it's good for anybody on either side of the fence."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 days ago
The former lawyer of Florida State defensive end Chris Casher is suing him for non-payment of services rendered while he was defending Casher during his school code of conduct hearing.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, Casher agreed to pay Tallahassee-based attorney Adam Ellis $2,500 for his representation during the May hearing, but the firm has received no money from Casher and that attempts to reach Casher or his father have been unsuccessful.
"Morris Parnell & Ellis provided legal services as agreed and represented you at the hearing," attorney Adam Ellis wrote to Casher in July, according to The Democrat. "The hearing was a success and you were not suspended or expelled from school, and you will be permitted to continue playing on the football team."
Todd Gurley should have been a Heisman finalist.
He was well on his way to New York and even potentially hoisting the bronze statue until he was suspended amid allegations that he signed memorabilia for money. Even if Gurley is cleared of wrongdoing down the road, the missed playing time almost certainly will knock him out of the Heisman race, which is unfortunate because he could have won.
In his absence, a fellow player in the SEC has emerged and started to take hold of the Heisman conversation.
Here’s a look at Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch:
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: Prescott didn’t have the best outing against Auburn, but he did overcome two interceptions to help lead the Bulldogs to a win. His next game against Kentucky (Oct. 25) could be interesting despite the Wildcats not being ranked. It’s been easy to get up for top-10 foes in each of the past three games, but what about an unranked and underrated foe? He’ll have a week off to get his mind right.
From here on out, Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace would just like to be known as “Good Bo.”
Throughout his time with the Rebels, Wallace’s first name has always had a qualifier of either “Good Bo” or “Bad Bo.” But after leading the Rebels to back-to-back wins against ranked Alabama and Texas A&M teams, Wallace thinks it’s time to drop the negative adjective.
"That thing's the most annoying thing I've ever heard," Wallace said following the Alabama win. "I also feel like I'm the only quarterback in the nation that throws interceptions. Hopefully I can be 'Good Bo' the rest of the year."
While Wallace has been playing well as of late — 511 total yards and six total touchdowns against the Tide and Aggies — things haven’t gone that smoothly against opponents outside of the rankings.
He threw three interceptions in the season opener against Boise State and another two against Memphis. In both of those contests, Wallace’s mistakes kept those games close until the Rebels were able to pull away in the fourth quarter.
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott said he would declare for the 2015 NFL draft if he received a first-round draft evaluation grade, according to Sports Illustrated.
"One of the worst things is not going, getting injured and hurting your situation," Prescott said. "I wouldn't risk it if I had a chance to go in the first round. I'm graduating college, and my time here will be done, I'll do exactly what I wanted to do."
Prescott, a fourth-year junior, is in his first year as a full-time starter and has emerged as the Heisman Trophy frontrunner following three consecutive wins against top-10 teams. He has completed 96 of 156 passes this season for 1,478 yards with 14 touchdowns and four interceptions and led the Bulldogs to their first No. 1 ranking.
The future of Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon will be one of the topics of discussion during a previously scheduled board of regents meeting on Thursday.
Brandon has been the center of controversy following the athletic department acknowledging it made mistakes in the handling of quarterback Shane Morris, who suffered a head injury during a game against Minnesota on Sept. 27.
Morris was allowed to stay in the game despite stumbling around with a clear injury. Then, after being taken out for examination, Morris was reinserted into the game to take a handoff while backup Devin Gardner missed a play for losing his helmet.
"The systems failed and there are a lot of issues we have to review," regent Denise Ilitch told WWJ CBS TV in Detroit.