Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 8 hrs ago
Our Power Rankings are far from a scientific formula. In fact, it's the perfect blend of analytics and bias against your favorite driver. And you think we dislike your favorite driver, so it makes sense, right? Direct all your complaints to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll try to have some fun.
1. Kevin Harvick (LW: NR): How do you go from not ranked to the top in a week? Lead 355 laps and win the race. Harvick became the second win-and-in-when-there-was-no-alternative driver in the brief history of this Chase format. And you know that NASCAR officials are hoping this becomes an occurrence that happens every year now. What Harvick did on Sunday was freaking impressive. He's going to be the favorite for the title as his team won't keep putting itself in bad positions with fast cars.
4. Carl Edwards (LW: 4): The most dramatic part of Edwards' race came when Kurt Busch's car slid in fluid coming on to pit road and rammed into the back of Edwards. The No. 19 had some slight bumper damage but that was about it. Edwards ended up finishing 15th and conceded the title of "most points in the third round among winless drivers" to Joey Logano.
Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 22 hrs ago
The Mississippi State career of Kendrick Market is over.
Coach Dan Mullen said the senior safety tore his left ACL in the team's Saturday 30-17 loss to Texas A&M. Market isn't eligible for a medical redshirt because the injury happened in the team's fifth game of the year. He had played in four of them.
“Unfortunately that’s probably his last play of his career,” Mullen said Monday via the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.“It’s a shame. You never know what it’s going to end. He's a young man that’s done so much.”
Market had 23 tackles in 2015. He's currently sixth on the team in tackles.
"All the safeties’ roles are going to have to increase,” Mullen said. “He’s a guy that you wanted to play every snap of the game and everybody else rotate.”
Mississippi State, 3-2, plays Troy on Saturday before playing Louisiana Tech on October 17. The Bulldogs then have five SEC games to close out the season.
For more Mississippi State news, visit BulldogBlitz.com.
Kansas is going to be starting a true freshman quarterback against Baylor.
The Jayhawks announced Monday that Montell Cozart, the team's starter at the beginning of the season, is out indefinitely. Backup quarterback Deondre Ford is out for the season.
QB Montell Cozart out indefinitely with shoulder sprain; QB Deondre Ford out for year with torn ligaments in his thumb, KU announces.
The attrition leaves freshman Ryan Willis as the team's starting quarterback. Willis has attempted 18 passes in 2015 and completed eight. He has 100 yards passing and no touchdowns or interceptions.
Cozart is 66-of-105 passing for 752 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. Ford is 11-of-23 passing for 132 yards and an interception. Cozart is also the Jayhawks' second-leading rusher. He has 113 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Cozart was named the team's starting quarterback because Michael Cummings was injured during the Jayhawks' spring game. Cummings suffered a torn left ACL.
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As Texas copes with the aftermath of its blowout loss to TCU, Longhorn players are searching for causes and solutions. Searches of a similar vein for struggling teams are nothing new. But in the case of 1-4 Texas, the issues within the Longhorn team are playing out publicly.
Saturday, freshman DB Kris Boyd retweeted a joke from a Texas A&M fan at halftime of the TCU game. Boyd apologized for the tweet on Sunday. According to one of his teammates, the team felt disrespected.
Duke Thomas on Boyd's halftime retweet: "When he did that, everyone felt disrespected. ... He didn't think anything was wrong with it."
After the game, Texas coach Charlie Strong said no player should have been on his phone at halftime.
Haines on Texas teammates: "People need to grow up and take things more seriously. A lot of people aren't preparing."
Haines on young players: "They just want to go out and play the game on Saturday. They don't want to put in the work on (the other days)."
And wide receiver DeAndre McNeal pitched in as well.
The injury that Michigan LB Mario Ojemudia suffered against Maryland is season-ending.
According to coach Jim Harbaugh, Ojemudia has an Achilles injury. Ojemudia is a senior, so his college career is over.
Through the first five games of the season, Ojemudia was Michigan's third-leading tackler. He'll finish the season with 19 tackles, six for loss and two sacks. He was Michigan's starting Buck LB and senior Royce Jenkins-Stone is the next man up on Michigan's depth chart.
"It's hard to replace a guy like Mario, obviously the way he plays, how he gets his job done, but the greatest thing about football, you've got somebody working just as hard, pushing right behind you trying to take your spot and makes you better," linebacker Joe Bolden told the Detroit News. "I think we'll have somebody who will get in there and get the job done."
Ojemudia had 37 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 2014 through 11 games.
For more Michigan news, visit TheWolverine.com.
Drew Lock will get a chance to lead the Missouri Tigers to an upset over No. 11 Florida.
Lock started in place of suspended quarterback Maty Mauk on Saturday against South Carolina. He'll get a second start on Saturday as Mauk will remain suspended for the game.
Multiple sources confirmed that #Mizzou QB Maty Mauk's suspension will continue through the Florida game on Saturday.
Mauk, along with offensive lineman Malik Cuellar, was suspended before the game against South Carolina. The reason for his suspension has not been revealed and been termed a violation of team policies.
Before the suspension, some Missouri fans were calling for Lock, a true freshman, to become the starter after Lock was seeing limited playing time in Missouri's first four games. Just like in 2014, Mauk was completing a low percentage of his passes and also had four interceptions. Mauk is 57-of-110 passing for 654 yards and six touchdowns.
For more Missouri news, visit PowerMizzou.com.
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Jimmie Johnson had every reason to be confident heading into Sunday's race at Dover. The concrete one-mile oval has been his best Sprint Cup Series track and the six-time Sprint Cup champion had finished 11th and 6th in the first two races of the first round of the Chase.
Anything but disaster at Dover was going to get him into the second round. And the chances of disaser seemed slim. Through 28 career Dover races, Johnson had 10 wins and 20 top-10 finishes.
Johnson got a pit road speeding penalty on the race's first round of pit stops. That was no big deal. Even if Johnson had a mid-pack finish he'd be fine. But a seal broke in the car's driveline. There was visible grease on the right rear tire of the car.
Johnson felt the issue and took his car to pit road. Its next stop was the garage and he spent 37 laps in his garage stall as the team fixed the problem. The No. 48 made it back out on track but there wasn't enough attrition in the race to save his season. Johnson finished 41st and ended up missing the 12-driver second round of the Chase by 12 points.
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Dale Earnhardt finished Sunday's race at Dover in third, one spot ahead of Jamie McMurray. The noting of that spot is extremely important. Had Junior not gotten by McMurray in the closing laps of the race, he would have been out of the Chase's second round and McMurray would have been in.
Instead, Junior is moving on to the second round while McMurray is eliminated from title contention. The two tied for the final spot in the next round on points. But since Junior's third place finish on Sunday was higher than any finish McMurray had in the first three rounds of the Chase, the driver of the No. 88 is the one that's advancing.
"So I just had to jump out there and hopefully it turned in the middle of the corner and didn't push. And it worked so we got around him. He would have advanced if we hadn't got that caution because I don't think we could have run him down."
Junior finished 12th, 25th and third in the first three races of the Chase. McMurray had finishes of 16th, 14th and 4th. McMurray scored more points in the three races but Earnhardt Jr. started the Chase with six bonus points due to his two regular season wins.
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Kevin Harvick is heading to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
After two issues in the first two races of the first round, Harvick was faced with a simple situation on Sunday. He needed to win at Dover to advance to the second round of the Chase. He did just that, dominating the race and pulling away on the final restart for his third win of the year.
While Harvick made it through to the second round, a huge name did not. Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson had a driveline issue on Sunday and was forced to head to the garage for repairs. The points he lost while in the garage were massive. He finished 41st and ended up 14th in the Chase standings.
The top 12 drivers after the first three races advance. Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Clint Bowyer are also not moving on to the second round. McMurray (who finished fourth) tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. (who finished third) for the last advancing spot in the points standings. But since Junior had the highest finish in the first three races, he's in.
You can't. Unless you win. Both Johnson and Harvick witnessed that up-close on Sunday.
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The Big 12 is not having a good week.
The conference issued a statement Sunday afternoon apologizing for an officiating gaffe during Saturday's game between Kansas State and Oklahoma State. The down-and-distance was improperly adjusted during a second-quarter sequence for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were given a first down on third down after a completion that was four yards short of the original line to gain.
Oklahoma State scored a touchdown four plays later and eventually won the game 36-34.
Here's the Big 12's statement in its entirety.
Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials Walt Anderson acknowledges improper first-down distance enforcement occurred during Saturday's K-State at Oklahoma State game. During the second-quarter, with the ball at the K-State 45, OSU was flagged for offensive holding during a 41-yard pass completion. After the 10-yard penalty was marked off, moving the ball back to the OSU 45, the chains were mistakingly set for the yard-to-gain.
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