- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
The College Football Playoff can make you do desperate things.
That’s the only explanation for the eventual final play Ole Miss decided to run as it attempted to stave off a loss to LSU.
Instead of kicking a game-tying 47-yard field goal, which was within kicker Gary Wunderlich’s range, quarterback Bo Wallace rolled to his left and heaved a severely underthrown ball toward the end zone that fell into the waiting arms of safety Ronald Martin.
The look on coach Hugh Freeze’s face as he watched the play unfold and then looked back at his quarterback said it all. It was “Bad Bo’s” first appearance in several weeks and it couldn’t have come at a more inopportune time.
Ole Miss lost 10-7, its first loss of the season, and just a few days before the first rankings from the College Football Playoff committee are released.
But it didn’t have to go down that way.
Ole Miss had lined up for a game-tying field goal from 42 yards out but was called for a delay of game. The penalty moved the kick back five yards. So when presented with the penalty with 9 seconds remaining, Ole Miss put its offense back on the field.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Georgia Southern defeated rival Georgia State 69-31 on Saturday and the Eagles decided to emphasize their dominance by taking this photo postgame (thanks Reddit).
Paulson Stadium is where Georgia Southern plays and this game, obviously, was at the Georgia Dome where Georgia State hosts its games.
What’s funny is both of these teams are relatively new to the FBS and new to the Sun Belt, so it’s exciting that they’ve brought their FCS hatred to the next level. This is definitely some championship level trolling by Georgia Southern, so they can be proud of that.
I mean, it's the enrtire team, the coaching staff, the trainers, even the mascot is in the back. This is a complete effort right here.
With the win, Georgia Southern strengthens its hold on the Sun Belt Conference lead while Georgia State is toiling in the basement as the only team without a conference win.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Things have not gone well early for Pittsburgh during Saturday’s game against ACC Coastal rival Georgia Tech.
Less than 6 minutes into the contest, Pitt found itself trailing 28-0.
Yes, you read that right.
How did that happen? Well, Pitt fumbled the ball on each of its first five possessions and the Yellow Jackets turned the first four of those fumbles into eventual touchdowns.
In fact, Pitt only ran six plays during its first four possessions.
The first fumble was by QB Chad Voytik on a run.
The second was a 74-yard run by RB James Conner that looked to be a touchdown. But Conner fumbled before the end zone.
The third was an Isaac Bennett fumble after a handoff.
The fourth was a bad snap.
That’s wasn't exactly the start the Panthers were hoping for as they’re trying to chase Duke down in the Coastal Division.
Meanwhile, Georgia Tech is on a two-game losing streak after winning its first five. It couldn’t have asked for a better start.
For more Georgia Tech news, visit JacketsOnline.com.
For more Pittsburgh news, visit Panther-lair.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
In every season there’s a weekend that looks like a dud and ends up being fantastic.
This could be that weekend.
While there aren’t a lot of games between ranked opponents, there are several possibilities for home upsets by unranked foes.
Here’s what to watch in Week 9:
Game of the week: No. 20 USC at No. 19 Utah, 10 p.m. ET If you’re looking for a typical high-scoring Pac-12 game, this probably won’t be it. USC’s running game, which has four consecutive 200-yard games, will face a stout Utah defense, which is second best in the conference against the run. The Utes have only allowed three rushing touchdowns all season and just 2.8 yards per carry. So a lot of the Trojans’ offensive pressure will be on quarterback Cody Kessler, who broke a school record with seven passing touchdowns last week, but will face a much tougher test this week. The Utes also lead the country with 33 sacks and have seven interceptions in the past four games. On the flip side, Utah’s offense has become a bit one-dimensional with the stellar play of running back Devontae Booker, but it will need either Kendall Thompson or Travis Wilson to play well at quarterback.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Retired Florida Supreme Court chief justice Major Harding will preside over the upcoming student code of conduct hearing for Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, according to reports.
Winston faces as many as four conduct violations stemming from an alleged sexual assault of former student in December 2012. The state attorney's office in Tallahassee declined to press charges against Winston following an investigation last fall. The alleged victim filed a complaint with the federal Department of Education, which prompted a Title IX investigation.
There is no set date for when Winston's student conduct code hearing will take place.
Harding, 79, was a state Supreme Court justice from 1991 to 2000. Harding is currently a practicing attorney with the law firm Ausley McMullen in Tallahassee, but has no ties to Florida State University. He is a native of Charlotte, N.C., graduated from Wake Forest and Virginia's law school. He was selected over two other retired Florida Supreme Court justices, Joseph Hatchett and Charles T. Wells.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 days ago
Bryan Allen, the man who claimed he paid Georgia running back Todd Gurley $400 for his autograph, said he wants to see Gurley back on the field.
Allen’s attorney, Ed Garland, told WSB-TV Atlanta that he wanted to see Gurley reinstated and that he regretted prompting investigations by Georgia and the NCAA.
“He thinks he ought to be playing football this Saturday and thinks that he should not be punished,” Garland said. “He greatly regrets that he made the one payment to him — $400 — he wishes he never had.”
Allen allegedly sent SB Nation an email earlier this month stating that he had exchanged “thousands of dollars” with Gurley for signed memorabilia. It was later determined that Gurley had only received $400 from Allen, a payment Allen’s lawyer said was a one-time deal.
Georgia, this week, petitioned the NCAA to reinstate Gurley and make him available for the Bulldogs’ game against Florida on Nov. 1.
Thanks to Saturday Down South
For more Georgia news, visit UGASports.com.
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Jockeying for position in the race for the Heisman Trophy is a fluid process.
While sometimes a player emerges early and captures the bronze statue (Jameis Winston), others need a Heisman moment late in the season to seal the deal (Johnny Manziel).
This year, players have floated on and off our list, but only one has been a constant. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who didn't have a game last week, remains our favorite, but the chase pack, which is full of talented players, isn't far behind.
Here's a look at Dr. Saturday's Heisman Watch:
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: Prescott has had a week to breathe following three consecutive wins against top-10 teams. The challenge this week will be staying at a high level against an opponent without a ranking in front of its name. Kentucky is coming off a lopsided loss against LSU last week, so it might be easy to overlook the Wildcats. But if Prescott wants to win this thing, he needs to play at the same level he played in the past three games.
Fed up with your coach? Perhaps it’s time to put their job on Craigslist.
That’s what one Florida fan decided to do this week by posting a Wanted Ad for a new Florida football coach to replace Will Muschamp, who hasn’t actually been fired (yet).
Obviously, that Nov. 2 date coincides with the day after the Gators next game against Georgia. Florida is on a bye this week.
Muschamp started the season on the hot seat and has done nothing this year to get off it. The Gators are 3-3 this season and coming off an embarrassing 42-13 loss to Missouri.
The ad does have some humorous parts if you’re so inclined to read the entire thing (it is a little long). Here are a few of the better requirements:
The ad also endorses Spurrier as the next coach, something I think we all want to see happen.
While, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley hasn’t been ready to address Muschamp’s future just yet, we have no doubt that some of the criteria listed in this ad is probably on his wishlist.
For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.
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The University of North Carolina Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes was found culpable of creating easy, non-show classes that catered to student-athletes in an effort to give them better grades.
Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, said during a press conference Wednesday that academic counselors ushered as many as 3,100 students – approximately 1,500 of them student-athletes – into bogus classes that were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible for play over the past 18 years (1993-2011).
The academic impropriety in Wainstein's report is far greater than previously reported by the school or to the NCAA.
Wainstein said many academic and athletic officials knew about the scheme, which began with Deborah Crowder, a longtime manager for the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and gave student-athletes inflated grades for what Wainstein termed “paper classes.”
True freshman quarterback Treon Harris is now Florida’s starter.
Coach Will Muschamp announced the move Wednesday stating that Harris, who replaces fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, has performed better during his opportunities.
"You saw what he did late in the game," Muschamp said. "He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We've struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that's been an issue for us along with others. Been a huge issue for us.”
Harris was suspended the week after leading Florida to a come-from-behind 10-9 victory at Tennessee after police began investigating an alleged sexual assault. Harris was reinstated five days later after the accuser withdrew her complaint.