- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday51 mins ago
Jameis Winston took part in pregame warmups before Saturday night's game at Clemson in full pads.
A short time later, however, Winston was seen on the sidelines without his pads.
From the look on FSU coach Jimbo Fisher's face in this video, it did not seem to be a team decision to allow Winston to warm up in his pads.
Unless Winston did something during warmups, it's hard to imagine why there would be a look of disgust on Fisher's face. If Winston did in fact wear the pads himself, it's an incredibly poor decision. But at the same time, we haven't come to expect good decisions from Winston outside of games during his tenure at Florida State.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
BYU's undefeated season continues after the Cougars defeated Virginia 41-33 on Saturday.
Virginia's trip to Provo, Utah, was a potential trap game for the Cougars after the Cavaliers defeated Louisville in week three. Plus, The Cavaliers got the Cougars at Virginia last year, winning 17-14.
There was no Virginia win this season.
The Cavaliers led at halftime but BYU scored 14 points in the third quarter to take control of the game. Both touchdowns were on the ground. One was courtesy of QB Taysom Hill on a tackle-breaking 15-yard run and the other was from RB Jamaal Williams, who scored from two yards out.
Virginia tried to answer in the fourth quarter, but with the exception of the Cavaliers' final score, which came with 1:48 left in the fourth quarter, the next score after every Virginia one was by BYU.
Hill finished with 187 yards passing and 72 yards rushing.
BYU's schedule is one of the most favorable of anyone's to go undefeated. While the Cougars' schedule isn't easy -- trips to Central Florida and Boise State aren't guarantees -- they now have potentially the best shot of anyone in college football to go undefeated.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
A cadet standing on the sideline with Texas A&M mascot Reveille did his job extremely well on Saturday at SMU.
Reveille was stationed near the goal line on the sideline and SMU's Der'rick Thompson was chasing an overthrown corner route. As the pass fell incomplete, Thompson's momentum carried him on a crash course with the dog until a cadet stepped in with a key block.
Props to Reveille's training too. She did not flinch at all as Thompson was coming towards her. She had complete faith in her blockers.
Texas A&M legend states that if Reveille barks while a cadet has her in class, class is dismissed. If she would have barked at Thompson, declaring the game over might not have been a bad idea. A&M absolutely stifled SMU.
The SMU game is one of the last road games that this Reveille, Reveille VIII, will attend. Texas A&M announced Thursday that Reveille would be retiring in the spring. She's been the mascot at A&M since 2008 and the school will (seriously) have a 12-person selection committee to find her successor.
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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles4 hrs ago
16-year-old Cole Custer is now the youngest NASCAR winner.
Custer won Saturday's Camping World Truck Series race at New Hampshire, beating Bubba Wallace by 1.14 seconds. Custer dominated the race; he led 148 of the race's 175 laps. But he needed to pass Matt Crafton with four laps to go to take the victory.
Just to reinforce how young Custer is and perhaps make you feel old, he was born January 23, 1998.
Because of NASCAR's age limits in the Truck Series, Custer has been running a part-time schedule and Saturday's race was his seventh start. Drivers must be 16 to participate in trucks at tracks under 1.25 miles in length. Drivers can compete in a full season schedule at 18.
Erik Jones, who was competing in Saturday's race, was previously the youngest winner. He was 17 when he won at Phoenix last year.
Custer is the son of Joe Custer, an EVP at Stewart-Haas Racing. He was the youngest winner in the K&N Series, a NASCAR feeder series, last year when he won 15-years-old at Iowa and New Hampshire. He first drove a quarter-midget car at 4 and started driving late models at 14. He won 10 races as a 14-year-old, including in his first start at I-10 Speedway.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Melvin Gordon now holds a lofty perch in college football history. The question now becomes if he can keep it.
The Wisconsin RB ran for a staggering 253 yards and five touchdowns on just 13 carries in the Badgers' 68-17 blowout win against Bowling Green on Saturday. The incredible 19.5 yards per carry means Gordon now has the most yards per carry of any running back in college football (min.: 300 carries).
Entering the game the career leader was Glenn Davis, who played at Army from 1944-1946. While partnering with FB Doc Blanchard, the two formed a Mr. Outside (Davis) and Mr. Inside (Blanchard) combination. For his career, Davis averaged 8.26 yards per carry.
With his monster game, Gordon, a junior, currently has 2,759 career yards on 321 carries, an average that works out to approximately 8.6 yards a carry. Before the game, Gordon's average was 8.13.
While two of Gordon's TDs were two and three yards each, he made up for them with TD runs of 21, 50 and 69 yards. It's crazy to think, but his average could have been better too. He also had a carry for no gain and a carry for a loss of a yard.
Here's the 50-yard score.
And here's the 69-yard TD.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
This LSU fan takes the term "Death Valley" seriously.
Death Valley is the nickname for LSU's Tiger Stadium and this LSU fan has decided to create an LSU Tiger-striped cooler out of a coffin.
It's got ample space, as you can see. But portability would be an issue. You can't simply put that thing in the trunk and head out to the tailgate.
But this person clearly has the space. We appreciate the ingenuity and we have to wonder how in the world you can find a coffin cheap enough to use it as a cooler. Craigslist?
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- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Is Brad Keselowski setting up to go two-for-two at New Hampshire in 2014?
The 2012 Sprint Cup champion and winner of the first race of the 2014 Chase at Chicago on Sunday won the pole Friday at New Hampshire, site of the second race of the Chase.
In July, Keselowski led 138 laps and won at New Hampshire. Because of that win earlier in the year, six-time champion Jimmie Johnson called Keselowski's team the team to beat before Friday's qualifying session.
“Yeah, I would expect him to be in a similar position for two reasons," Johnson said. "One, he had so much more pace than the rest of the field here in the spring race that it’s hard to believe that everybody could cover that gap and get back to him. And then when we went to Richmond, which wasn’t too long ago as a short track and they had that form there, too. So, I’d definitely say those guys are tough to handle.”
Keselowski won at Richmond, the last race before the Chase. Johnson turned out to be prophetic for Friday. Will be prophetic for Sunday?
Jamie McMurray qualified second, three-hundredths of a second behind Keselowski. Kevin Harvick qualified third, while Denny Hamlin was fourth and Kyle Busch was fifth.
Were you one of the (un)fortunate people who waited in line for an iPhone 6 on Friday? If you were in Palo Alto, Calif., you would have had the opportunity to see Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Cook is a noted Auburn alum and so someone decided the best way to get Cook's attention would be to shout "Roll Tide." And sure enough, Cook heard it and immediately responded with a "War Eagle." We're thinking that "Roll Tide" would have been much more effective had Auburn lost to Kansas State Thursday night. Instead, the Tigers won 20-14.
In December, Cook got a lifetime achievement award from Auburn and used his speech to take the opportunity to troll Alabama about Chris Davis' kick return with a second on the clock in the 2013 Iron Bowl.
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Unless you're a big Florida State fan, you're probably unfamiliar with Florida State QB Sean Maguire who is making his first career start Saturday night in place of the suspended Jameis Winston.
If you remember Maguire's name, it's probably from last November and December. With the uncertainty that surrounded Jameis Winston at the time of the investigation into sexual assault accusations against him, Maguire, who was FSU's third-string QB at the beginning of the year, would have started the ACC Championship Game for the Seminoles if Winston was unable to play.
WInston played in the game after Florida state attorney Willie Meggs didn't press charges against him citing a lack of evidence in the case. Maguire had become WInston's primary backup in early November after Jacob Coker had knee surgery. Coker transferred after the season and is now at Alabama.
A winning week!
After two disastrous weeks to start the year, we got on the positive side of the ledger with a 6-4 week three to bring our season record to a wonderful 8-22. All we have to do is go 9-1 the next two weeks to get over .500 through week 6. OK, yeah, that's impossible. Continue to fade these picks if you'd like, though we're set to make it two positive weeks in a row.
Iowa at Pitt (-7), Noon ET: The confidence in Pitt is not what it once was after the ugly win over Florida International. But doesn't the win over Boston College look better too? There's always the chance the Panthers could Pitt and with Paul Chryst's commitment to the running game, this won't be the prettiest of football games. But I have much more confidence in Pitt than I do in Iowa at this point.