Graham Watson

  • Heisman watch: Who can make the best impression down the stretch?

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    With rivalry weekend upon us, the Heisman contenders have a great opportunity to make a statement.

    Every week, Dr. Saturday will name its five Heisman favorites in order with our frontrunner on top. As we've seen thus far, the list can change pretty quickly depending on the week.

    Derrick Henry didn’t get a chance to show too much against Charleston Southern last Saturday, but he did enough to keep himself on the top of the Heisman heap while several others fell off.

    Henry had nine carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns before he spent the second half resting on the bench. Those two scores, however, allowed Henry to tie Trent Richardson’s Alabama single-season record of 21 touchdowns. He’ll have a chance to break that record on Saturday in the Iron Bowl against rival Auburn. If the Tide win that game, they’ll clinch the SEC West and a spot in the SEC title game against Florida.

    All right, it’s time to put Cook back into the Heisman conversation. After a brief hiatus, Cook’s performance against Chattanooga and some ill-timed poor performances by other contenders, Cook is back on our list.


  • Baker Mayfield 'expected to play' against Oklahoma State

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield will play against Oklahoma State on Saturday barring a health setback, according to the university.

    Mayfield has passed all tests and will do some exertion work today and team stuff. If he continues w/ no issues, he's expected to play.

    Mayfield passed two concussion tests over the weekend.

    Mayfield suffered a head injury early in the second quarter when TCU linebacker Ty Summers dove helmet first into the back of Mayfield’s helmet. Summers was ejected for targeting.

    Mayfield played the rest of the half, but was pulled at halftime after he reported having a headache.

    Mayfield led the Sooners to a 23-7 halftime lead, but the offense disappeared without him in the game. With backup Trevor Knight at the helm, the Oklahoma offense punted on six of nine drives. Knight completed just five of 16 passes for 76 yards. The Sooners’ game-winning score came on a 72-yard touchdown run by Samaje Perine.

    Offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said he changed the offensive gameplan when Mayfield was out and that’s what stunted the offense.

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  • Ohio State will not discipline Ezekiel Elliott for postgame comments

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will face no discipline for questioning the Buckeyes’ play calls following the 17-14 loss to Michigan State last Saturday.

    "We don't condone that, but he apologized," coach Urban Meyer said on Saturday. "We squashed it as a team. I couldn't disagree with him — he should have got the ball more. That just wasn't the forum for that."

    Following the loss, Elliott criticized the playcalling and his lack of touches during the contest. Elliott had 12 carries for 33 yards and the game’s first touchdown. He also said he would not be returning to Ohio State for his senior season.

    "We'll have some momentum, we'll call some plays that work, and then we kind of try to get away from it, try to get cute and run some other stuff," Elliott said after the game. "I was lobbying to Coach Meyer all game. I think I do deserve more than [12] carries. I think I really do.

    "Honestly, I can't speak for the play calling. I don't know what was going on. I don't know what they were seeing. But honestly, it didn't work out. It wasn't working.”

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  • Iowa State fires coach Paul Rhoads

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Iowa State fired coach Paul Rhoads, the school announced Sunday.

    Rhoads will coach his final game Saturday against West Virginia.

    The news comes on the heels of Iowa State’s 38-35 loss to Kansas State on Saturday. The Cyclones allowed 10 points during a 39-second span in the final minute to lose the contest.

    The Cyclones are 3-8 this season, but this team is probably one of the most competitive Rhoads has fielded in the past three seasons. Overall, Rhoads finishes his Iowa State career 32-54 with three bowl berths in seven seasons.

    The school will owe Rhoads $4.5 million according to the buyout clause in his contract.

    There were happier times earlier in Rhoads’ tenure. In 2009, the Cyclones beat Nebraska. In 2011, ISU shocked No. 2 Oklahoma State, which knocked the Cowboys out of BCS title contention. He also oversaw wins against Texas and No. 15 TCU in 2010.

    However, in recent years, Rhoads’ teams couldn’t replicate those earlier performances and the Cyclones have gone 7-26 during the past three seasons.

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  • Report: Scooby Wright expects to play in Arizona's bowl game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright told Fox Sports on Saturday night he expects to play in the Wildcats’ bowl game.

    Wright, who has missed almost all of the 2015 season while recovering from a sprained right foot, told the website that he started running about a week ago, and that he’s working on gaining strength in his foot and lateral quickness.

    A year ago, Wright, an All-American, won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award, which all given annually to the nation's top defender.

    In Wright absence, the Wildcats are ranked No. 121 in total defense. They are allowing 463 yards per game and 35.7 points per game.

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  • Washington State QB Luke Falk carted off after head injury (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Washington State quarterback Luke Falk was carted off the field in the third quarter against Colorado after taking his second significant hit to the head in as many weeks.

    Falk dropped back to pass when he was grabbed by Colorado’s Samson Kafovalu. Falk was whipped around and his head slammed against the turf. He appeared to be knocked out.

    Falk laid motionless on the turf for several minutes while members of the training staff attended to him. He was ultimately immobilized and carted off the field. However, he did give a thumbs up and a wave as he was leaving the playing surface.

    During his time in the game, Falk had completed 27 of 35 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown.

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  • Baylor ruins Oklahoma State's undefeated season with 45-35 win

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The Bears redeemed last week’s loss to Oklahoma by going into Stillwater and defeating previously undefeated Oklahoma State 45-35. It was the Bears' first win in Stillwater since 1939.

    The win also was payback for the last time Baylor was in Stillwater. The Bears were undefeated with BCS title aspirations and were hammered by the Cowboys. This year, it was the Cowboys who came into the contest with championship aspirations and came up short.

    Baylor’s chances for a spot in the College Football Playoff aren’t dead yet.

    Baylor jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but the Cowboys fought back to tie the contest midway through the first quarter. However, after that tie, the Cowboys offense was stunted.

    The Baylor defense got to quarterback Mason Rudolph early and disrupted his offensive rhythm. Meanwhile, the Baylor running game came to life for the first time since quarterback Seth Russell was lost with a neck injury. Baylor’s rushers, which included quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Chris Johnson, had 73 carries for 304 yards and three touchdowns. In the two games prior to this, the Bears had 262 rushing yards total.

    However, Oklahoma State never got any closer than that.

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  • The Pac-12 South title will run through Los Angeles

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    It’s official, the Pac-12 South title win run through Los Angeles.

    UCLA, USC and Utah are in a three-way tie atop the Pac-12 South standings, but USC already defeated the Utes and UCLA defeated Utah 17-9 on Saturday.

    USC earned its third conference loss thanks to a 48-28 pummeling by a red-hot Oregon team, which has now won five straight.

    That means that the winner of next week’s UCLA-USC game will earn the right to represent the Pac-12 South in the conference title game.

    Now, who that opponent will be is still up in the air.

    Stanford leads the Pac-12 North by a game and will play California on Saturday night. If they lose, however, the Cardinal would be tied with Oregon and the Ducks would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker thanks to last week’s 38-36 win.

    Few teams in the country have been as hot as Oregon.

    Since quarterback Vernon Adams returned from a fractured finger that he suffered in the season opener, the Ducks have played like many expected them to play from the opening game.

    USC has never played in the Pac-12 title game (the format started in 2011) and last won a conference title in 2008.

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  • What to Watch, Week 12: The weekend brings clarity for divisional races

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    It’s hard to believe there are just two weeks remaining before championship week and so many divisional races are still up in there air.

    That’s good for us, high pressure for the teams still in the race.

    Once again, this weekend is packed full of important and entertaining games that will clear up some of the confusion as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Here’s what to watch in Week 12:

    Game of the week: No. 9 Michigan State at No. 3 Ohio State, 3:30 p.m. ET This game has been circled on the calendar for quite some time. And though a little of the luster was wiped away with Michigan State’s loss to Nebraska and inconsistent play by both teams most of the season, this is still a game that could determine the Big Ten’s standing in the College Football Playoff.

    Ohio State has won 23 consecutive games, but this season, it’s rarely faced a credible challenge and it’s struggled with consistency from the quarterback position. J.T. Barrett appeared to be the answer a few weeks ago, but after sitting out a week because of team discipline, he returned to lead another stagnant performance against a woeful Illinois team.

    Channel surf through…

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  • AD Rick George said he'd be AD at Colorado 'for the foreseeable future'

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 5 days ago

    Colorado athletic director Rick George put to rest rumors that he’s leaving Boulder, Colo., to take the open athletic director position at Illinois.

    “There has been a lot of speculation out there that I will be considered for the athletic director position at the University of Illinois,” George said in a statement released by the school. “While it is flattering that my name has been connected to the Illinois job, I believe it is due to Illinois being my alma mater and others pushing my name publicly.

    “Should Illinois contact me, again that would be both humbling and flattering, but I would gracefully decline because Colorado and Boulder is my home for the foreseeable future.”

    The athletic director position at Illinois opened on Nov. 9 when Mike Thomas was fired following the release of a report that detailed verbal abuse by former head coach Tim Beckman.

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