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Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (hazmat suits sold separately in Ann Arbor):
NO TRESPASSING IN THE HORSESHOE
The Dash isn’t advocating violence, but Ohio State strength coach Anthony Schlegel (1) gets a helmet sticker for authoritatively dealing with the dolt who ran onto the field during the Buckeyes’ game against Cincinnati on Saturday night. If you are dumb enough to come out of the stands and onto the field, well, then you may get the body slam you deserve.
To date in 2014, the two best hits in the blighted Big Ten have been delivered by an offensive lineman on an interception return and a strength coach.
THE LAST OF THE UNBEATENS – AND WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THEM IN OCTOBER
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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 the latest development in Forde’s Fab Four: the defending national champions are out, making room for the initial appearance by Alabama.
The lesson this week: bye weeks are your friend. With several of the top teams receiving scares, it was better to sit out the final Saturday of September and move up by not playing.
SUGAR BOWL: No. 1 seed Oklahoma vs. No. 4 seed Texas A&M
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Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in college football (ball-security instructional video sold separately in Ann Arbor):
FOUR WEEKS IN – WHAT WE’VE LEARNED
The Dash certainly has learned a lot in these first four weeks of the college football season. It has been a crash course of new knowledge. It’s great to arrive in late September so much smarter than before Labor Day.
Among the revelations to date:
We learned about a delightful internet meme that apparently is popular on college campuses. Yeah, the language is a little coarse, perhaps better suited for biker bars and minimum-security prisons, but isn’t it funnnnnn?
We also learned that said internet meme is best not shouted from a table top by a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback who is under Title IX investigation at his school for alleged sexual assault.
Thus we learned that Jameis Winston (1) may never learn.
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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)
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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.”
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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.
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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 Sports13 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 Sports14 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
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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