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Arizona State quarterback Taylor Kelly will miss Saturday’s game against USC, according to coach Todd Graham.
Kelly suffered a foot injury against Colorado three weeks ago and hasn’t played since. Graham said he hoped to have Kelly back by the Oct. 18 contest against Stanford.
Mike Bercovici played in his stead and completed 42-of-68 passes for 488 yards and three touchdowns. The 42 completions marked a school record. However, he also had two interceptions, including one at the end of the first half that was returned by Ishmael Adams 95 yards for a touchdown. Prior to the interception, Arizona State trailed 20-17 and was in a position to tie the game or even take the lead heading into the half. However, the pick-six put the Sun Devils in a 10-point hole from which it never recovered.
Bercovici also had a fumble that led to a UCLA score.
Arizona State suffered its first loss of the season, 62-27.
"That was embarrassing. It was a frustrating night," Graham said following the game. "The standard that we set here was not met tonight."
Washington State coach Mike Leach has predicted the end of human kind.
So, there’s that.
According to Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman Review, Leach went on one of his typical rants this time directed at technology and the decline of human interaction.
Sadly, it was a pretty bleak outlook on our future:
If any other coach had gone on a similar rant most of us would be baffled, but this is par for the course for Leach, who often has something to say about relationships, technology and pirates.
There was that one time while coaching at Texas Tech that Leach blamed a loss to Texas A&M on his player’s “fat little girlfriends.”
And then he had these sage words of advice for a freshman, who was new Lubbock, Texas, and wanted to know the best place to take a date:
Never underestimate Leach’s genius. In 10 years — when Texas A&M and Notred Dame are scheduled to play —human interaction might cease to exist and all games might be played through Google Glass. And then we'll all lament about that time when Leach warned us of our impending social doom.
Never change, Mike Leach. Never ever change.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will not be eligible for this season.
Mayfield, a Texas Tech transfer, received word last week that the NCAA was denying his request for immediate eligibility. Mayfield then tried to get Tech to release him, but the school denied the request.
Mayfield’s argument was that since he was a walk-on, he shouldn't be held to the same transfer restrictions as scholarship players. The NCAA didn’t agree and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, who wasn’t happy about the transfer, wouldn’t budge.
“Kingsbury will not let him go. It goes to Kingsbury,” Mayfield’s father, James Mayfield, told the Tulsa World. “It’s not a school rule. It’s arbitrary to the coach’s decision. Period.
“Kingsbury could have lifted it. Kingsbury won’t give in. That’s where it is.”
Mayfield will have three years to play two seasons with the Sooners once he’s eligible in 2015.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke hasn’t officially been fired yet, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling about his replacement.
According to an NFL Network report on Sunday, the Wolverines are interested in pursuing Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, not his brother, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who has been linked with the Michigan job before.
However, the Baltimore Sun cited a source close to Harbaugh saying that Harbaugh would have no interest in the job because of his relationship with Hoke.
Harbaugh more or less echoed that sentiment during his press conference Monday when he didn’t deny interest in the job, but said he’s rather see his friend Hoke keep it.
John Harbaugh on Michigan rumors: "I'm interested in Brady Hoke being the head coach at Michigan for a long time to come."
Harbaugh was signed to a four-year contract extension at the end of last season that averages $6.5 million per year and has him under contract until 2017.
Every Monday, Dr. Saturday editor Graham Watson looks back on the weekend that was and decides what she loved, what she hated (I have all the hot takes) and what she can’t wait to see again.
There’s the UCLA offense: The UCLA offense that we expected to see at the beginning of the season finally showed up against Arizona State last week in a 62-27 victory. Apparently, all it took for quarterback Brett Hundley to snap out of his funk was a little hyperextended elbow. Hundley had 427 total yards and five touchdowns in the contest and put himself back into the Heisman conversation. UCLA is one of three teams that remain undefeated in the Pac-12 after seven teams entered the weekend with an unblemished record. The Bruins are still the favorite to win the Pac-12 South and the next two games against Utah and Oregon might determine whether it should be the conference’s representative in the playoff.
There’s something about Alabama week that seems to cause Ole Miss players to say something to antagonize the Tide.
This year, that bulletin board material came from safety Cody Prewitt following last week’s 24-3 win against Memphis.
"We understand that we haven't played a team that's going to be as good as Bama ,” Prewitt said, according to Fox Sports’ Brandon Speck. “But we don't really think Bama is as good as they have been. And we're better than we have been. We're looking forward to getting to the game plan and really nailing down all the tweaks and stuff that we're going to have to put into Bama ."
OK, it’s not that insidious, but it is blowing up the Internet the way things tend to do whenever there’s a perceived slight toward the Tide. But it’s also the kind of confidence you’d expect from an undefeated Ole Miss team.
Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk struggled during Saturday’s game against South Carolina, but a hit early in the fourth quarter might have made him feel a little bit better.
Following a 25-yard run, Mauk was pushed out of bounds on the South Carolina sideline and went careening into coach Steve Spurrier.
Spurrier was actually trying to get out of the way and ran right into Mauk’s path. Spurrier had his back turned and was pushed into the athletic training table. Mauk stopped himself and ran right back by Spurrier without saying a word. Spurrier, on the other hand, wasn’t pleased and no doubt had some sort of quip about it later.
Mauk did get the last laugh by leading Missouri to two touchdowns in the final seven minutes of the game and securing a 21-20 come-from-behind victory.
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Michigan coach Brady Hoke was already under fire for his team’s terrible play this season, but his handling of a concussed player during Saturday’s loss against Minnesota has sent fans over the edge.
During the fourth quarter of the 30-14 blowout, quarterback Shane Morris, who was already hobbled, took a hit to the helmet and emerged incredibly wobbly. He was so unstable that his teammates came over to usher him off the field. Morris waved them off, played one more down and eventually came out of the game.
However, a few plays later, the helmet of new quarterback Devin Gardner came off and he was forced to leave the field. So what do Hoke and his staff do? They have Morris, who is clearly struggling, re-enter the game and take the snap. Morris hands the ball off and then exits the game again limping and struggling.
Hoke said that if Shane didn't want to stay in the game, he would've said so. In a case where he is clearly injured, that's coach's call.
If the past two weeks are any indication of what competition in the SEC West is going to be like, this is going to be a hell of a conference season.
Texas A&M defeated Arkansas 35-28 in overtime after rallying from a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit. This a week after Mississippi State upset LSU (and LSU almost stormed back).
And boy was it was fun to watch.
Heisman hopeful quarterback Kenny Hill threw touchdown passes of 86 yards and 59 yards in the fourth quarter to tie the game. Then, on the first play of the overtime, Hill found Malcome Kennedy for the 25-yard game-winning score. The win not only kept Texas A&M undefeated, it also kept the Aggies on the top of the West standings with two conference wins.
And that’s a coveted spot considering all but one team in the division is ranked and Arkansas was just on the fringe. Had Arkansas won, the Razorbacks also would have been ranked and it would have been the first time an entire division dominated the rankings.
Still, the SEC West is quickly shaping up to be a division that could steal two of the coveted spots in the inaugural College Football Playoff, but that’s only if it doesn’t beat itself up.
Saturday’s game against Minnesota was supposed to be a feel-good game for Brady Hoke; a chance to turn down the heat on his incredibly hot seat and have a week where he didn’t have to hear the rampant speculation about his job status.
So much for that plan.
Michigan’s embattled coach watched his team stumble to a 30-14 loss to the Gophers. It marked the first time in Michigan’s 135-year history that the program had amassed three losses by the end of September. And as boos rained from the hallowed stands of the Big House, Hoke had to feel like he was an unemployed man walking.
The question now goes from whether to when as Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon will be inundated with suggestions from fans and boosters and anyone else with an opinion about college football. One thing is for certain: this team isn’t playing for Brady Hoke. It’s not fighting for its coach. And no matter what quarterback or scheme or gameplan the Michigan coaching staff puts out there, this team shows no signs of being able to comprehend it or execute it.
So what do you do?