- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota threw for 326 yards and five touchdowns as Oregon beat Cal 59-41 at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.
Cal's defense entered the game 120th in scoring defense and simply couldn't stop Oregon, even as it forced Mariota into his first interception of the year.
The interception happened with Oregon driving for a touchdown with less than two minutes to go in the second quarter and a 31-28 lead. The ball was deflected before it got to Mariota's intended receiver and Stefan McClure came down with it in the end zone.
On its previous possession, Cal had pulled to within a field goal of the Ducks. Best case, Cal could take the lead before halftime after the interception. Or it could tie with a field goal. The Bears did neither.
Cal went three-and-out and gave the ball back to Mariota and the Oregon offense. Oregon scored three plays later as Mariota threw a 24-yard touchdown to Dwayne Stanford with 48 seconds left in the half. Any thoughts of an upset were quickly extinguished.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Maryland's Board of Regents voted Friday to tie performance bonuses of coaches at the school to its teams Academic Progress Rate, or APR.
APR is the annual NCAA measurement of academics. While the NCAA uses both single-year and multi-year APR scores -- and can penalize teams for failing to meet certain thresholds -- only the one-year scores are expected to count towards bonuses,per the Baltimore Sun.
Under the new policy, if Maryland teams don't have sufficient APR scores, the coaches can be denied their bonuses.
"I think this is another step for Maryland to be in the vanguard on issues of intercollegiate athletics," Board of Regents member and former U.S. Rep. Tom McMillen told the Sun."They were a leader on guaranteed scholarships and now they are a leader in academic accountability."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Oklahoma State has dismissed freshman CB Juwan Offray after he an a teammate were found asleep in a Whataburger drive-thru Sunday morning.
The news of Offray's dismissal was first reported by OColly.com. The site cited a source that said the Whataburger incident was not the first time Offray had been in trouble with the team.OStateIllustrated.com confirmed the report of Offray's dismissal.
Offray and WR Jhajuan Seales were arrested after they were approached by police at about 4 a.m. Both players, according to a police report, “seemed very lethargic and confused” and “their eyes were red and watery with a glassy appearance." Police said they smelled an odor of alcohol when the doors to the vehicle were opened.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles12 hrs ago
A Chase driver isn't starting first for the second straight Chase race.
A week after Brian Vickers qualified first at Talladega, Jamie McMurray qualified first at Martinsville on Friday. It's his second career pole at Martinsville. He started first in the spring race in 2011.
McMurray beat out Joey Logano, the points leader after Talladega before the final eight drivers in the Chase had their points reset to 4,000. Logano starts second.
The lowest Chase driver in qualifying was Kevin Harvick. Harvick, who has been a beast in qualifying this season, will start 33rd. If Harvick and crew chief Rodney Childers don't get the No. 4 car figured out during Saturday practice, Harvick may be lapped quickly. Laps at the half-mile track take less than 20 seconds.
Here's where all eight of the remaining Chase drivers will start:
2. Joey Logano 3. Matt Kenseth 5. Denny Hamlin 6. Brad Keselowski 9. Ryan Newman 11. Carl Edwards 13. Jeff Gordon 33. Kevin Harvick
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Minnesota's specialists have a great sense of humor. And yes, a Twitter account too.
Its long snappers, kickers and punters created the @MinnSpecialists account earlier in October. Thursday, they showed a picture of the day's practice "schedule."
Today's specialist practice schedule: pic.twitter.com/nD6RwEA13Q
It's great. We also appreciate the devotion to curls. Curls in the weight room serve many purposes. Not only are curls for the girls, but big biceps can help dispel any weak kicker stereotypes. You don't mess with a kicker with guns.
The account is two weeks old and it's already fantastic. Last week, K Ryan Santoso kicked a 52-yard field goal that ended up being the winning points in a 39-38 win over Purdue. It probably helped with his recognition for fan autographs.
When you're trying to hug bae, but she's not feeling it... pic.twitter.com/t2kK25Qcgh
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles14 hrs ago
While Jimmie Johnson was officially eliminated from the 2014 Chase of the Sprint Cup after last week's race at Talladega, he said Friday at Martinsville that he came to grips with the realization he wasn't a title contender after the two races before Talladega.
“Fortunately or unfortunately, we’re busy and using the rest of 2014 to get ready for 2015," Johnson said. "I can say that leaving Kansas and Charlotte… that was when I came to grips with not being a championship contender. You get to Talladega and you’re rolling the dice there anyway with the restrictor plate racing and it’s an all-or-nothing thing, so it put me in an easy position to relax and enjoy the weekend."
"But it wasn’t fun leaving Kansas or Charlotte. It was relatively dark and not a lot of sunlight floating around. You have that. I truly believe that those moments make you stronger and make you dig deeper. It’s great medicine for the 48. I don’t want to be in this position. But it’s great medicine to sit and watch this championship unfold. It’s going to motivate me, Chad (Knaus, crew chief) and the team – all of us on the 48 team. We’ll come back next year and be ready to roll."
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Well, no getting above .500 last week. But we got to it. A 5-5 week runs our record to 31-48-1. The goal now is to make a comeback and get to .500 for the rest of the year. Let's do this.
Oregon (-17) at Cal, 10 p.m. ET (FRIDAY): While this game is listed at Cal, it's actually being played at Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers. Cal is 120th in the country in scoring defense. While the Cal offense puts up points (10th in the country), it's not going to be enough to keep up with Oregon. The Ducks will cruise. (It's also worth noting this game has the highest over/under of the weekend at 79)
Minnesota (-5.5) at Illinois, Noon ET: If the Gophers are legitimate contenders for the Big Ten West, this is a game that they can't lose. Minnesota's offense is incredibly one-dimensional. However, Illinois can't defend that dimension. The Illini give up 5.26 yards per carry while Minnesota is 27th in the country with over 222 rushing yards a game. The Gophers control the ball and the game.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles1 day ago
Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org or @NickBromberg.We'll post them here, have a good time and everyone's happy.
The Chase field has officially been halved. Are any of the final eight drivers a surprise? Sure, before the Chase it would have been surprising to see both Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson out of the Chase at this point before the season began, but when you compare the old Chase points format to the new elimination format, look at the standings similarities. Here's what the old points format would look like through six races.
1. Joey Logano, 2,257 2. Kevin Harvick, 2,240 3. Brad Keselowski, 2,225 4. Jeff Gordon, 2,210 5. Ryan Newman, 2,208 6. Kyle Busch, 2,197 7. Matt Kenseth, 2,196 8. Carl Edwards, 2,190 9. Denny Hamlin, 2,181 10. Jimmie Johnson, 2,174 11. Kasey Kahne, 2,169 12. AJ Allmendinger, 2,163 13. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2,149 14. Greg Biffle, 2,147 15. Kurt Busch, 2,146 16. Aric Almirola, 2,101
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast! Throughout the season we'll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we are stunned that we're entering Week 9 of the college football season. We discuss:
• Bo Pelini's comments regarding ESPN and the SEC Network and partnerships and platforms
• North Carolina's academic investigation findings
• Pick USC/Utah, Mississippi State/Kentucky and more
• Buy or Sell a non-Power Five team making the Playoff, Utah winning the Pac-12 and a wide receiver's chance of being in New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Les Miles may want Katy Perry to take a smell test.
Miles' LSU Tigers host Ole Miss on Saturday and three weeks ago, when ESPN's College GameDay was at Ole Miss, Perryserved as the show's celebrity guest picker. (Her manager is an Ole Miss alum)
During her segment, Perry broke out corn dogs, a gag in reference to a joke popularly utilized by Ole Miss fans that says LSU's Tiger Stadium smells like corn dogs.
GameDay is at LSU on Saturday and so Perry came up during Miles' Wednesday press conference. He was unaware of what Perry had done.
"No, what happened?" Miles asked when the topic was brought up. "She likes corn dogs?"
He was then told about the gag. "Did she? Oh no she didn't," Miles said.
After further explanation of the joke, Miles laughed and disagreed.