Graham Watson

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

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs 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 7 hrs 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 7 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 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 2 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.

    For more Oregon news, visit

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

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 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.

    For more Florida State news, visit

  • Oklahoma's Samaje Perine breaks single-game rushing record with 427 yards

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The single-game rushing record that last week took 15 years to break has been broken once again.

    Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine rushed for 427 yards and five touchdowns on 34 carries against Kansas on Saturday, breaking the record of 408 yards set just last week by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.

    TCU’s LaDanian Tomlinson set the original record of 406 against UTEP in 1999.

    Perine, a freshman, made and surpassed the record on a 42-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter. The Sooners called timeout, got the game ball and celebrated the accomplishment on the field.

    Perine was then taken out of the game.

    “I really didn’t have [the record] at the forefront of my mind,” Perine said in the postgame television interview with Fox Sports 1. “I just went out there, played the game and we did a really good job up front and on the perimeter with our blocking. And, you know, it just so happens that I came up with the record.”

    While many were in awe of Gordon’s performance last week, Perine’s was perhaps a little anticlimactic because of the competition.

    That said, Tomlinson’s record came against a 5-7 UTEP team that finished the season ranked 100 th nationally against the run.

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  • RB Tevin Coleman sets Indiana single-season rushing record (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Indiana running back Tevin Coleman has quietly made Hoosier history.

    Coleman’s 90-yard touchdown run in the third quarter against Ohio State gave him 143 yards on the day, which also gave him the Indiana’s single-season rushing record.

    Coleman only needed 128 yards on Saturday to best Vaughn Dunbar’s record of 1,805 set in 1991.

    The touchdown was Indiana's longest touchdown run in 102 years and it was the longest run against Ohio State since 1960.

    Coleman was the nation’s second-leading rusher heading into the weekend, but has received relatively little fanfare because Indiana has struggled to win this season and because Coleman is in a conference with Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, who also is having a record-breaking season.

    Still, Coleman deserves a lot of credit for the numbers he’s been able to put up this season, especially since he’s essentially the entire offense for the Hoosiers and he’s still managed to find ways to best defenses and put up great results.

    Coleman has rushed for at least 122 yards in every game but one so far this season.

    For more Indiana news, visit

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  • What to Watch, Week 13: Division races are heating up

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    It’s hard to believe that there are only two full weekends of college football remaining.

    It seems like only yesterday we were championing Texas A&M as the next great SEC challenger and calling quarterback Kenny Hill the next Heisman winner. Now, A&M has four losses and Hill isn’t even the starter anymore.

    Time sure does fly, but even with two weeks remaining very little is solved. So many conferences have division titles up for grabs and while some of that might get solved this weekend, a lot of it will be left to the final week of the year.

    Sadly, this weekend doesn’t have a lot of marquee games. Several SEC teams are taking their FCS breaks and there are a lot of other ranked teams playing some of the weaker teams in their respective conferences.

    Still, we’ve tried to highlight the better games this week for your viewing enjoyment.

    Here’s what to watch in Week 13:

    [More Week 13:College football picks against the spread]

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  • Georgia Tech and Florida State will play in the ACC Championship

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Georgia Tech is going to the ACC championship.

    Thanks to Duke ‘s 45-20 loss to North Carolina (the Tar Heels are bowl eligible now, by the way), the Yellow Jackets are the outright winners of the ACC Coastal Division. They had clinched a share of the division title last week after Duke lost to Virginia Tech, but they needed the Blue Devils to drop one of their two final games to win the division outright.

    That actually seemed like a bit of a pipe dream considering the Blue Devils' final two contests were against two teams without winning records — the Tar Heels and Wake Forest. But North Carolina jumped on Duke early, forced turnovers and never relinquished the lead.

    Georgia Tech is now headed to the ACC title game for the third time in the past six years, and this year’s trip might be the most entertaining.

    Georgia Tech’s offensive style also is built around ball control and time of possession. If Florida State gets into a deep hole against Georgia Tech, it might not have enough possession time to get it back.

    Also, the Georgia Tech defense has been great at forcing turnovers and turning those turnovers into points, especially in the past four games.

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  • Kansas State's win against WVU was the best thing for the Big 12

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 4 days ago

    Kansas State’s 26-20 win against West Virginia on Thursday was what was best for the Big 12 Conference.

    The win not only strengthens — and might even improve — the No. 12 Wildcats ranking, it also strengthens TCU’s win against.

    While it might appear that another loss for West Virginia only diminishes Baylor’s hopes of ever surpassing TCU in the College Football Playoff rankings, it actually makes that Dec. 6 contest against Kansas State that much more important for the Bears — and for Kansas State.

    While no one has been talking about the possibility of Kansas State winning the Big 12, it’s still possible. If the Wildcats were to win out and TCU were to lose at least one of its final two contests, the Wildcats would be the conference champions and might even claim a spot in the College Football Playoff.

    However, in this scenario, a two-loss Kansas State team isn't as attractive as some of the other possible two-loss teams out there, and would still be below and one-loss teams remaining.

    For more Kansas State news, visit

    For more TCU news, visit

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