Graham Watson

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

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs 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:

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

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs 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 20 hrs 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 GoPowerCat.com.

    For more TCU news, visit PurpleMenace.com.

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  • The Kent State-Buffalo game is officially canceled and will not be rescheduled

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    The Mid-American Conference game between Kent State and Buffalo has officially been canceled due to extreme weather conditions in Buffalo and will not be rescheduled, the league office announced Thursday evening.

    The game was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but issues with Kent State’s equipment truck, which was reportedly stalled 15 miles away from the stadium, caused the game to be rescheduled for Friday afternoon. However, as the weather in Buffalo has gotten worse, the conference feared for the safety of the players and compromising the efforts of safety workers.

    While Buffalo is 4-6, two of those wins are against FCS teams. The conference already has five bowl eligible teams to fill its five primary bowl slots, but, according to Buffalo spokesman Jon Fuller, the Bulls might have been granted a bowl spot had it gotten to six wins and the conference had a spot it needed to fill.

    That, however, is now not an option.

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  • WVU receiver Kevin White (almost) had an amazing touchdown catch (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 21 hrs ago

    West Virginia receiver Kevin White almost had an amazing touchdown catch during the second quarter of Thursday's game against Kansas State.

    Note: Almost.

    Quarterback Clint Trickett overthrew his initial receiver and the ball landed in the hand of Kansas State’s Dante Barnett, who seemingly made the catch, rolled over and allowed the ball to fly out of his hands, into the air and toward White. White alertly snatched the ball out of the air and dove into the end zone for what looked like an unbelievable score (and a tie game).

    However, upon closer review, Barnett never actually had the ball. The nose of the ball hit the ground before Barnett was able to secure it, negating one of the best plays of the year.

    That said, we still have to give props to White for his awareness and concentration.

    Unfortunately for West Virginia, things went from bad to worse when kicker Josh Lambert missed the ensuing field goal try.

    For more Kansas State news, visit GoPowerCat.com.

    For more West Virginia news, visit WVSports.com.

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  • Heisman Watch: Will Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon keep momentum going?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    It’s been five years since a running back has won the Heisman Trophy, but Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is trying to change that.

    With his record-breaking performance against Nebraska last week, he definitely opened the eyes of voters and launched himself into one of the top spots for the award with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Now, can he keep it up and knock down more records on his way to New York?

    If he does and Mariota continues to play well, this might be one of the closest Heisman races in recent memory.

    Here’s a look at Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Poll heading into Week 13:

    Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: There’s not much that can be said about Gordon’s record-breaking 408-yard performance against Nebraska last week, which was punctuated by the fact that he only played three quarters. That was Gordon’s showcase game and he made the most of it. But things don’t get easier this weekend against an Iowa defense that is allowing just 147.8 rushing yards per game.

  • Watch Melvin Gordon's historic day in Tecmo Bowl form (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon had a record-setting day last Saturday when he ran for 408 yards against Nebraska.

    The effort broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s record of 406 rushing yards, which was set in 1999, and what’s more impressive is that Gordon accomplished the feat in just three quarters.

    So, of course, an enterprising YouTuber decided to immortalize Gordon’s performance in Tecmo Bowl form and the result is fantastic.

    Basically it’s just Gordon running in circles for 90 seconds while Nebraska players dive all over the place before he ultimately heads for the end zone.

    Gordon leads the nation with 1,909 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns through 10 games this season and is eyeing Ron Dayne’s Wisconsin single-season record of 2,109.

    For more Wisconsin news, visit BadgerBlitz.com.

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  • Oregon QB Marcus Mariota ticketed after he 'Can't Drive 55'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was ticketed for speeding during the Ducks’ bye week after going 80 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone.

    This might be the first time Mariota has appeared in the media for doing something wrong off the field.

    But, in grand Mariota’s fashion, even the police officer who ticketed Mariota had nothing but glowing things to say about the entire ordeal.

    "Mr. Mariota was polite and respectful, he was professional and took the citation appropriately and acted appropriately," state police Lt. Josh Brooks told oregonlive.com. "Everybody gets tickets and 80 in a 55 is a tad fast. We send you on your way, it's just that."

    Likely, Mariota will just pay the fine and go about his merry way.

    Unfortunately for Colorado, the Ducks opponent this weekend, a speeding ticket probably won’t result in any sort of suspension, but hey, wishful thinking.

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  • Kent State and Buffalo postpone game (Updated)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    After originally saying Wednesday’s Mid-American Conference game between Kent State and Buffalo will go on despite a massive snowstorm that left parts of Buffalo under four feet of snow and could dump as much as three more feet this evening, the game has been postponed.

    Buffalo made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon. Travel issues with Kent State's equipment truck forced the game's postponement. Earlier, Kent State athletic director Joel Nielsen told told Cleveland.com that "It will be a go, no matter what."

    According to FootballScoop.com, the Kent State equipment truck, which had the team helmets, pads, heaters and coaching gear, was stuck 15 miles from the stadium and had to be towed in.

    "Officials will reconvene tomorrow morning to explore playing the game on Thursday or on an alternative date," Buffalo's statement said.

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  • Georgia lawmakers want jail time for memorabilia dealers that jeopardize NCAA eligibility

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Georgia lawmakers, unhappy with the four-game suspension running back Todd Gurley served because he took money for his autograph, want to enact a state law that would put the clamps down on memorabilia dealers.

    State Rep. Barry Fleming, R-Harlem and a University of Georgia graduate, filed House Bill 3 that would make it a crime to entice a student-athlete to break NCAA rules and jeopardize their eligibility, scholarship or amateur standing. The violator would be subject to jail time and a $25,000 fine.

    Georgia currently makes it a misdemeanor if someone pays a student-athlete to attend a specific school or pays a student-athlete for performance.

    Gurley was on the road to winning a Heisman Trophy before word surfaced that he was paid for his autograph, which brought a four-game suspension by the NCAA. Gurley returned to the field against Auburn last week, but suffered a season-ending knee injury during the fourth quarter of the game.

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