- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports14 hrs ago
Every Sunday, I will play Selection Committee member, take a look at the College Football Playoff picture and offer my bracket. Feel free to agree or disagree, starting with this: Forde's Fab Four features the same teams as last week, but in different order.
Sugar Bowl: No. 1 seed Texas A&M (4-0) vs. No. 4 seed Florida State (3-0)
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports1 day ago
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – When Blake Sims ran back onto the field at Bryant-Denny Stadium after going to the locker room in the third quarter Saturday to have his injured shoulder checked, the transformation was complete.
The standing ovation he received from Alabama fans confirmed it: Sims had gone from unheralded to indispensable. From half-hearted acceptance to widely acclaimed. From game manager to game changer. From short-time starter to one of the all-time best performances in school passing history.
The fifth-year senior, who spent one season at running back and two more as the invisible backup to AJ McCarron, wasn’t supposed to be the guy leading this Crimson Tide team. The plan was for Florida State transfer Jacob Coker to step into the starting role, while Sims finished his career as more of a spectator than a competitor.
Coker is five inches taller and has the kind of arm that makes pro scouts’ pulse quicken. But a funny thing happened along the way to his Crimson coronation.
Sims wouldn’t get out of the way.
“From last year to spring, he improved a lot,” said star wide receiver Amari Cooper. “Then from spring to camp, he improved even more. So we had a lot of faith in him.”
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports2 days ago
Tara Trickett watches football games through binoculars. This is the byproduct of more than three decades of marriage to an offensive line coach. If you want to know what’s happening in the trenches, it helps to zoom in.
But the focus shifts to quarterback when her son, Clint, plays. And with her binoculars trained on the West Virginia quarterback last Sept. 28 against Oklahoma State, she knew before anyone else after one particular play that something was wrong with her boy.
“I could tell immediately he was hurt,” she said. “Just the way he was holding his arm.”
The problem was with his throwing shoulder. This was Trickett’s first start as a Mountaineer, and first college start since a fill-in appearance as a freshman at Florida State. He was hurt and he knew it, too. He couldn’t finish the upset of Oklahoma State, turning over the latter stages to backup Paul Millard.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports4 days ago
And now, being a serial knucklehead finally has a price for Famous Jameis.
Florida State’s decision to suspend star quarterback Jameis Winston for a half against Clemson Saturday is the first football playing time he will miss at the school for disciplinary reasons. The cumulative effect of the Heisman Trophy winner’s recurring judgment lapses finally became too much for the school to overlook, brush aside or peddle off to the baseball team.
It is, frankly, about time. But it’s not enough time.
The Tomahawk-Chopping zealots who have blindly defended Winston through an assortment of situations grave and picayune will say it’s too much. They will say he’s just a college kid, unfairly persecuted, under an unreasonable microscope – still paying for a false accusation that yielded no charges last year. But they’ll complain mostly because, by Osceola, this is a big game. The opponent is Clemson, an Atlantic Coast Conference rival capable of handing the Seminoles their first loss since 2012.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports5 days ago
The last time Jameis Winston made a fool of himself, his university-issued apology attributed the following sentence to him:
"I realize that I am in the public spotlight and my conduct needs to be above reproach."
That was in the spring, after he was cited for shoplifting. Which of course came after last fall, when he was under investigation for rape.
So there was Winston on the Florida State campus Tuesday, allegedly jumping on a table and yelling an obscene phrase, according to the Twitter accounts of at least seven people who say they heard and saw the Heisman Trophy winner's laugh-out-loud moment. Deadspin was first to report on it, citing multiple tweets. (Please note that the hyperlink contains offensive language.)
Apparently Winston's spring realization of life in the public spotlight, and the necessary conduct therein, had a short shelf life. Because his serial tone deafness to his own situation – not to mention the climate surrounding football as a whole right now – is simply astounding.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports6 days ago
Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (instructions on how to call a coin toss sold separately):
The going gets more serious from here on out. By The Dash’s count, at least two dozen power-five teams will play their toughest game of the year to date this week. Time to start separating the men from the boys in Gridworld, which will lead to separating some coaches from their jobs. …
HEAT CHECK: COACHES’ SEATS
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports7 days ago
Every Sunday, I will play Selection Committee member, take a look at the College Football Playoff picture and offer my bracket. Feel free to agree or disagree, starting with this: there are an unprecedented seven Southeastern Conference teams ranked in the top 15, but only one in Forde’s Fab Four after Week 3:
Rose Bowl: No. 1 seed Oregon vs. No. 4 seed Florida State
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports8 days ago
Ten takeaways from a wild day in college football:
1) To Live and Die in L.A. Or, more accurately, To Live and Die Away From L.A. Both UCLA and USC traveled multiple time zones east and found life supremely difficult that far away from home. The Bruins lived (barely) and the Trojans died (shockingly).
UCLA beat Texas 20-17, its first win with a Neuheisel integrally involved since 2011. Back then it was coach Rick Neuheisel, who was fired at the end of that season. Saturday night it was Rick's son, sophomore quarterback Jerry. He's the backup to star Brett Hundley, who was injured in the first quarter and did not return. Jerry Neuheisel gave JerryWorld a new meaning by throwing two touchdown passes, the latter being the game-winner with three minutes remaining. Prior to this game, Neuheisel hadn't thrown a pass since Sept. 21 last year.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports10 days ago
Well, look what the Bearcat dragged in. It’s Cincinnati.
“We’re a little bit late,” coach Tommy Tuberville said Thursday.
There is one FBS team that has yet to play a game in 2014, and that team is the Bearcats. Due to a series of scheduling problems, they opened the season with two bye weeks. They do not kick off until Friday night against Toledo, which already has played twice.
It’s a bit surreal, and it’s certainly not ideal. But as coaches are fond of saying, they can’t control the schedule that is laid out in front of them.
“We got stuck,” Tuberville said. “It is what it is. We’ve got 12 games like everyone else, they’re just all in a row.”
Actually, there is one more bye week for the Bearcats, Nov. 8. But they’ve got to play eight straight to get there.
- Pat Forde at Yahoo Sports13 days ago
Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (trespassing, ref-baiting athletic directors sold separately):
AND NOW, SOME GOOD NEWS FOR THE BIG TEN
It is more than a little ironic that the only positive headlines for the Big Ten Conference (1) this football season have involved Penn State (2). The closest thing the reeling league has to a quality win was the Nittany Lions' thrilling victory over Central Florida in Ireland, and now the NCAA has restored the school's bowl privileges effective immediately and full scholarship limit for the 2015-16 season.