- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles4 hrs 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.
Y'all were quiet this week. Did Brad Keselowski's pass bore you or something? Here it is again just because it was a rare moment.
Spoiler alert, I'm afraid the chances of this happening throughout the next nine races are slim-to-none, but I'm not going to complain in the slightest if I am wrong.
Wednesday, Joe Gibbs Racing announced that Stanley and DeWalt would sponsor Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth respectively. It means that Richard Petty Motorsports is going to be down a sponsor for 2015, but given that there's a driver change a the No. 9, it's not terribly surprising. It'll be interesting to see how much sponsorship is tied to RPM's impending driver search.
Let's get to our topics this week. And the onus is on y'all to break out some good questions next week.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
The saga of the cross decals on Arkansas State's helmets is hopefully over.
If you're not familiar with it, we'll get you up to speed. The coaching staff and players at Arkansas State designed a memorial decal in the shape of a cross for DT Markel Owens and team manager Barry Weyer Jr. Owens was killed in an attempted robbery in January and Weyer was killed in a car accident in June.
The stickers, which had the initials of both Owens and Weyer on them, were worn on the back of Arkansas State's helmets for the first two games of the season. However, they were removed after the university received a complaint and its legal counsel felt the crosses would be unconstitutional because of the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
Racking up almost 700 yards of offense two weeks in a row is going to be an incredibly tall task for West Virginia.
The Mountaineers host Oklahoma on Saturday and when asked if he thought the Sooner defense was on the same level as Alabama's defense, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said they were, though he quickly declined to say if felt one was better than the other.
"I would agree with that," Holgorsen said during his weekly media session. "They're both good. They're both really good. Both were comparable last year. They were very similar last year. Oklahoma has got more people coming back. Whether they end up being better statically or whatever, it's the same unit. It's the same bodies. It's the same quality of coaching. It's the same expectations. They're very, very similar. The expectations are similar on both teams. Whether they're better or whether they're not, I don't know. It's not for me to judge."
The Mountaineers lost 30-23 to Alabama in week one. Last year, West Virginia lost 16-7 at Oklahoma, and while Holgorsen said his team was clearly better than it was last year, Oklahoma was too.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
If SMU plays as well as this new helmet looks, the Mustangs may win a few games this season.
The school showed off a crimson and chrome helmet on Thursday that it'll wear against TCU on September 27.
Looks pretty sweet, doesn't it? It's probably a good idea that the chrome helmets aren't getting worn on Saturday. Not only is it SMU's first game without coach June Jones, who resigned after the second week of the season, but it's against Texas A&M. While the game on ABC/ESPN2 is sure to draw some viewers who typically don't see SMU play, there's a chance it could closely resemble the blowouts SMU suffered against Baylor and North Texas.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Jim McMahon will become the sixth BYU player to have his jersey retired.
The school announced that it would retire McMahon's No. 9 on October 3 at halftime of its game against Utah State.
With McMahon at quarterback, BYU won its first-ever bowl game, a 46-45 win over SMU in the 1980 Holiday Bowl. The Cougars scored three touchdowns in the final 2:33 of the game to take the lead.
When McMahon left BYU, he held 70 NCAA records. He threw for 9,536 yards in his career, which was long before an era where monster passing stats were the norm. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
“I love the example Jim has set by completing his degree. I’m proud of him for finishing after all these years,” BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe said in a statement. “Jim is one of the elite college quarterbacks of all time. He loved the game of football and always played the game like he was having fun. He was a great leader and a great teammate. I know there are a lot of people all over the country who are excited for Jim to be formally recognized as one of the Cougar greats.”
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) had to pay up on a bet on Wisconsin's first game of the season.
The former Republican Vice Presidential candidate had a bet with Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) on the game between Wisconsin and LSU in week one. Wisconsin squandered a second half lead against the Tigers and lost 28-24. So Ryan wore a purple and gold tie and signed an LSU helmet.
(We're going to refrain from a joke about how Ryan likes red ties for more than one reason.)
Had Wisconsin won, Cassidy would have had to wear a red tie.
While we like the betting on college football, why wasn't there any food involved? A barter of some Wisconsin cheese and some New Orleans beignets would have been a fantastic bet.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
It's an oversimplification, but if North Carolina wants to contain East Carolina QB Shane Carden on Saturday, the Tar Heel defense will need to force turnovers.
During last week's upset of Virginia Tech, Carden threw three touchdowns and didn't toss an interception. He didn't throw a pick in the Pirates' week one game against North Carolina Central. Not coincidentally, when the Pirates lost to South Carolina in week two, Carden tossed two interceptions.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Auburn S Jermaine Whitehead won't be playing Thursday night against Kansas State.
Whitehead did not make the trip to Manhattan, Kan. AuburnSports.com reported that Whitehead has been indefinitely suspended because of a verbal confrontation with a coach during practice on Tuesday.
Whitehead is a three-year starter at safety for Auburn. Auburn Sports reports that he missed a grand total of four plays last season. Last season he was fourth on the team in tackles with 65. Through two games this season he has 12 tackles and a team-leading two interceptions.
Joshua Holsey, who suffered a knee injury last season, could be Whitehead's replacement. He's been working as a CB this season. Kansas State QB Jake Waters has emerged through two games this season as a dual-threat QB.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs 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 review week three and review week four. And yeah, there's something else to talk about. We chat about:
• Who else? Jameis Winston
• Will a penalty of missed game time be an effective one?
• Pick Auburn/Kansas State, Clemson/Florida State and more
And no, just like we couldn't type the phrase Jameis Winston said, we couldn't say it on the podcast either.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Neurotrauma consultants will be required by Boston city law to be in attendance at every NCAA Division I football, hockey and and lacrosse events.
Boston City Council member Josh Zakim proposed the ordinance in May. Now that it's passed, it will go into effect on July 1, 2015.
Boston College is the only FBS program that plays its home games within Boston, but it'll also cover Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern.
“Most major Division I programs probably meet this definition already, but I think you might see it have more of an impact at a smaller school,” Dan Sibor, the chief of staff for Zakim, told CBS Sports. “There's no competitive consideration here. The consultant is supporting the onsite medical teams for the two teams. The final decision on evaluating a player still remains with the medical staff of that player.”