Dr. Saturday

  • The Big Ten might have stirred up what should have been calm CFP waters

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Championship Saturday was all we hoped it could be.

    Despite Alabama’s dismantling of Florida in the SEC title game — we all expected that anyway — the championship games were close, entertaining and added some intrigue to what should have been an anticlimactic College Football Playoff announcement on Sunday.

    However, the Big Ten did do its part to give the committee something to think about as it deliberates its top four.

    No. 7 Penn State’s dramatic 38-31 come-from-behind win against No. 6 Wisconsin creates an interesting conundrum. The Nittany Lions are the only team to which Ohio State lost. It’s also the champion of what many believe is the best conference in the country. Yet, it’s possible that Penn State could finish No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings while Ohio State moves on as the only non-conference champion to ever play in the CFP.

    We could play out different scenarios, including one where Michigan gets in, all night long, but the easiest solution is for the committee to stick with the teams that got them to this weekend.

    Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington.

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  • San Diego State likely awarded with warm vacation in the Vegas Bowl after outlasting Wyoming in frozen Mountain West Championship

    Chris Herbert at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Second coldest game in San Diego State’s recorded history?  No problem.

    San Diego State hung on to win a close 27-24 game over Wyoming, avenging SDSU’s 33-34 loss two weeks ago to the Pokes.

    In what could have been a stand-in set for the Battle of Hoth, Wyoming and SDSU battled for the Mountain West Championship in frigid Laramie, Wyoming. Whereas it was Wyoming’s first trip to the MWC Championship since its inclusion to the conference, SDSU beat Air Force last season to become MWC Champions in another 27-24 victory.

    Wyoming drew first blood with kicker Cooper Rothe tying a career long 46-yard field goal by doinking the ball off the crossbar and through the uprights.

    Cooper Rothe (@scrappyturtle7) ties career-long FG from 46 yards off the cross bar! @WYO_Football takes a 3-0 lead vs @Aztec_Football #mwfb pic.twitter.com/krqZyjhdLB

  • Clemson defeats Virginia Tech 42-35 in tense ACC title game

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Clemson’s spot in the College Football Playoff was likely cemented Saturday night with a 42-35 win against Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game. It was Clemson’s second straight title.

    Clemson defensive back Cordrea Tankersley intercepted a fourth-down pass by Virginia quarterback Jerod Evans with just over a minute remaining, and the Tigers were able to run out the clock on what was an unexpectedly tight game.

    But it didn’t start out tight.

    Clemson jumped out to a 14-0 lead and appeared to be cruising before Virginia Tech got its bearings and started to put up a fight. The Hokies stormed back in the first half to trail by a touchdown at halftime and appeared to have the momentum. However, the Tigers pushed their lead to 35-14 in the third quarter, but Virginia Tech would not go away. It whittled the lead down to a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and Clemson had to fight against letting the momentum get away.

    But the Clemson defense, which looked like a shell of the defense that had played so well early in the season, forced the interception to seal the game.

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  • Penn State's furious comeback in Big Ten title game sets up CFP dilemma

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Penn State has nine straight wins, the Big Ten Championship and a win over Ohio State. Is it worthy of the College Football Playoff?

    That’s what the College Football Playoff committee has to figure out after the No. 7 Nittany Lions’ comeback against No. 6 Wisconsin on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship Game. Penn State won 38-31 after trailing 28-7 in the second quarter.

    A big part of the comeback was the passing offense and quarterback Trace McSorley’s ability to break the stingy Wisconsin defense deep. As Wisconsin did a good job of containing Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, McSorley went long on the Badgers and it paid dividends. He set a Big Ten Championship Game record with 384 yards passing.

    After Wisconsin took a 31-28 lead in the third quarter on a field, goal, Penn State had its first lead of the game in the fourth quarter. And it fittingly came on a touchdown pass from McSorley. He threw a gorgeous pass to Barkley, who ran a wheel route out of the backfield and beat his defender to the end zone.

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  • Alabama MLB Shaun Dion Hamilton 'probably' out for the year with knee injury

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    Starting middle linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton suffered a knee injury late in the first half of Saturday’s 54-16 win against Florida in the SEC Championship game, and coach Nick Saban said he might be done for the season.

    Hamilton was the team’s second-leading tackler heading into Saturday’s game with 63 stops.

    “Shaun Dion has a knee,” Saban said. “He’s probably going to be out for the year. He’ll be missed, but we have a lot of confidence in Rashaan (Evans), and he did a good job for us today.”

    Hamilton intercepted Florida quarterback Austin Appleby on the Gators’ second possession of the game and returned it 40 yards to the Florida 12. It resulted in an Alabama field goal.

    Evans has 35 tackles, 2.5 sacks, six quarterback hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this season.

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  • Alabama dominated Florida 54-16 to claim third-straight SEC title, top CFP seed

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    For the third consecutive season, and the fourth time in the past five seasons, Alabama is the champion of the SEC.

    The Crimson Tide capped off an undefeated campaign with a 54-16 win against Florida, which assured Alabama the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff.

    And the Tide won the game with their suffocating defense.

    Florida started the game inspired. On the Gators’ first possession, they marched 64 yards in 10 plays and took a surprising 7-0 lead. Quarterback Austin Appleby completed 6 of his 7 passes for 57 yards.

    But things went south for Florida after that. On the Gators’ next passion Appleby threw an interception and a pick-six on the possession after that. The next possession, Alabama blocked the Gators’ punt and returned it for a touchdown. Less than 9 minutes after the Gators took their stunning touchdown lead, they found themselves down 16-9.

    Alabama scored 33 first-half points, which was an SEC title game record.

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  • Details of Tom Herman's Texas contract emerge

    Chris Herbert at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    It’s official: Tom Herman must turn in his grill now that he is leaving Houston for Texas.

    Do not worry, Herman’s Texas contract will allow him to buy as much ice as he wants. Tom Herman’s deal with the Longhorns will be five years in length with $25 million guaranteed.

    Year 1 of the deal will be worth $5.25 million and his compensation is scheduled to increase by $250,000 every year of the contract.

    Herman also will have an opportunity to make up to $725,000 a year in bonuses and could get a $1 million one-time payment if he is still with the Longhorns on Dec. 25, 2019.

    As of right now, Herman’s salary would make him the sixth-highest paid public school football coach, behind Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Alabama’s Nick Saban, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher.

    Herman’s predecessor, Charlie Strong, was scheduled to make $5.3 million next season.

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  • Western Kentucky beats Louisiana Tech in another shootout to become Conference USA Champions

    Chris Herbert at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Defenses do not intimidate Jeff Brohm and his Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. Pouring 58 points on Louisiana Tech’s defense, Western Kentucky revenged its October loss to the Bulldogs to take home the Conference USA Championship for a second consecutive year by a final score of 58-44.

    The Conference USA Championship lived up to its billing as a battle of offensive fireworks. The game broke the conference championship record for total points scored and racked up 1,170 yards of total offense between the two teams. The 102 points scored broke the record for most points scored in a championship game all time in the FBS.

    After trading field goals to start the game, Western Kentucky’s senior running back Anthony Wales scored the first touchdown of the day on a 15 yard scamper. That touchdown would not be his last. Wales ended his monster day with 5 touchdowns (3 rushing, 2 receiving) and ran for 194 yards on 35 carries.

    McKnight: “Please don’t drop this, please don’t drop this…” pic.twitter.com/AgVyoAKVWO

  • Arkansas State clinches share of Sun Belt title, Troy does not with loss to Georgia Southern

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Troy had a chance to clinch a share of the Sun Belt title Saturday, but could not get the job done.

    The Trojans were upset 28-24 by Georgia Southern, largely because of a four-touchdown effort by Eagles quarterback Kevin Ellison. Ellison rushed for touchdowns of 24 and 54 yards early in the third quarter to flip a 10-7 deficit into a 21-10 Georgia Southern lead.

    Troy reclaimed the lead by scoring twice in a five-minute span, but the Eagles responded with the game-winning touchdown when Ellison found B.J. Johnson for a 64-yard touchdown, his second of the game, with 9:46 left in regulation. The pass was delivered to Johnson downfield in heavy traffic, but Johnson fought through double coverage and broke a few tackles en route to the end zone.

    Troy’s offense had two shots to retake the lead after the Ellison-to-Johnson touchdown. The Trojans went three-and-out the first time, but moved deep into Georgia Southern territory in the final minutes.

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  • Oklahoma runs away from Oklahoma State in second half to win Big 12 title

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Just seconds after No. 10 Oklahoma State had a chance to trail No. 9 Oklahoma by eight with plenty of time left in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys were suddenly down 18. And as that deficit grew, Oklahoma State’s Big 12 championship hopes disappeared.

    The Sooners outscored the Cowboys 21-3 in the second half Saturday on the way to a 38-20 win and a second-consecutive Big 12 championship. As the conference’s champion, Oklahoma will be heading to the Sugar Bowl barring any committee craziness that somehow gets the Sooners into the College Football Playoff.

    Trailing 31-20 with less than 10 minutes left, Oklahoma State (9-3) passed on going for it on 4th and 2 in favor of a 38-yard field goal on a rainy afternoon. But Ben Grogan’s kick sailed wide left.

    A play later, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon ran 79 yards for a touchdown to stretch the lead to 18 and clinch the game.

    The decision to go for the field goal is easily defensible. Grogan was 15-16 entering the game on kicks inside 40 yards. And an eight-point deficit is a tie game with a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

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