- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The first BCS bowl spot of the 2013 -14 season has officially been secured.
Central Florida, a team that was in Conference USA this time last year, will be the American Athletic Conference representative in the final edition of the BCS and it has Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to thank.
It was Bridgewater who put the Cardinals on his back in the fourth quarter and ultimately led them to a 31-24 overtime victory over Cincinnati. The win gave the Knights the outright conference title. Otherwise they would have needed a win against SMU to secure the BCS berth. UCF can lose that game and tie for the AAC title with Louisville but own the head-to-head tiebreaker.
So, the first piece of what could be a very interesting BCS bowl puzzle has now been placed, but we still don’t know where the Knights will ultimately end up. Obviously their preference would probably be home-state advantage in the Orange Bowl, but Dr. Saturday’s Chris Wilson projects the Knights against Auburn in the Sugar Bowl.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday5 hrs ago
Mid-American Conference Championship Bowling Green vs. (14) Northern Illinois Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Ford Field
HOW THESE TEAMS GOT HERE Bowling Green: The Falcons, who have not played in the Mid-American Conference title game since 2003, rallied from a two-game losing streak in late October to win four straight, including a 24-7 victory over Buffalo in the regular season finale to secure a spot in the title game.
Northern Illinois: Much like last year, Northern Illinois cruised through its MAC schedule. The Huskies have not played a close game since escaping Akron 27-20 on Oct. 12. This is the first time in the past three seasons NIU has gone undefeated in conference play.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Travis Greene, RB, Bowling Green: Part of Bowling Green’s offensive gameplan is to establish a strong running game to set up the play-action pass for quarterback Matt Johnson. Green is second in the MAC with 1,422 rushing yards and is averaging 6.1 yards per rush. But Green will have his work cut out for him since NIU has the league’s second-best rushing defense.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
Boise State coach Chris Petersen, who has been one of the most sought after coaching in past seasons, will interview at Washington, according Adam Jude of the Seattle Times.
Can confirm that Boise State's Chris Petersen is scheduled to interview with UW on Friday.
— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) December 5, 2013
Petersen also interviewed with USC, but withdrew his name from consideration prior to Steve Sarkisian being named the head coach. Now, Petersen is seeking Sarkisian’s old position.
Petersen and Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who reportedly interviewed Thursday, are the frontrunners for the job.
This isn’t the first time Washington has courted Petersen. In 2009, when the school ultimately hired Sarkisian, Petersen was on the short list. Petersen has been the hot name for years because he’s built a program that has consistently been in the national rankings and played in – and won – two BCS Bowls. Petersen is 92-12 in his eight seasons with the Broncos, but four of those losses came this season. Up until this season, Petersen had never coached a four-loss team.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday7 hrs ago
The media availability for Tim Jansen, the attorney for Jameis Winston turned into nothing short of a circus on Thursday afternoon after Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that Winston would not be charged in the sexual assault case he had been named in.
Car horns were honking. People were in the background waving. Reporters were shouting over each other. But nothing typified the off-the-rails nature of the presser than when someone asked Jansen if the accuser's family had ties to Alabama.
Seriously. As ridiculous as the event was, it was a jaw-dropping moment that was incomprehensible. Nothing through the reporting or investigation had uncovered any hint of anything Alabama in the case. It felt like it was a random message board rumor that was suddenly deemed credible enough to be asked at a nationally televised press conference. No matter how bizarre the atmosphere had become.
And please, there's not an Alabama angle to everything in college football.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
No, Nick Saban isn't going to Texas.
Like a stubborn weed, the rumors of Saban wearing burnt orange next year popped up this week (again) after Alabama's loss to Auburn on Saturday. So they needed to be doused again. This time, it's by Texas president Bill Powers, who said Thursday that he'd never even met or talked to Saban.
"I've never met Nick Saban. I've never talked to Nick Saban. We have not hired Nick Saban," Powers told the American-Statesman on Thursday afternoon. "Mack's our coach, and I can say flatly that the rumors we have hired or come to an agreement with Nick Saban or even talked to him are false."
A Texas regent met with Jimmy Sexton, Saban's agent in January, but with Mack Brown entrenched as the coach, it was simply that.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Is this the first of many national coaching awards for David Cutcliffe?
The Duke coach was named the Walter Camp Coach of the Year on Thursday after his Blue Devils won the ACC Coastal Division and got the first 10 win season in school history.
Duke plays Florida State in Saturday's ACC Championship game. A Florida State team that will have quarterback and Heisman favorite Jameis Winston after Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs announced that Winston would not be charged in the sexual assault case that he had been named in.
Cutcliffe became the head coach of the Blue Devils in 2008 after he was the head coach at Mississippi from 1999-2004. He was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee immediately prior to joining Duke.
The Walter Camp award is voted on by the coaches and SIDs of all the FBS level schools. Notre Dame's Brian Kelly won the award last season.
To reach the ACC title game, Duke had to beat in-state rival North Carolina on the road in the final game of the regular season.
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Florida State’s Attorney Willie Meggs might not have exonerated Jameis Winston, but it should be enough for Heisman votersGraham Watson at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
As the dust settled on an long and highly-publicized investigation into whether Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston sexually assaulted a young woman, Heisman voters should have been watching and listening closely.
The Florida State Attorney decided not to charge Winston with any crime. That fact alone will sway several Heisman voters who have been waiting on Winston’s innocence or guilt to determine whether he’ll get their Heisman vote.
But for those voters who needed exoneration, State Attorney Willie Meggs didn't provide that, but came as close as he could get without disregarding the feelings of the alleged victim in the case.
“Very little can be profited by disparaging the victim in this case,” Meggs said. “We came to the decision that it was not a case that we could bring forward because we would not have the burden of proof, the probable cause and the reasonable likelihood of a conviction.”
Meggs later said the alleged victim had trouble remembering details of that night and later told ESPN that he didn’t think she would have been a credible witness if the case had gone to trial.
Here’s what we know: Winston had sex with the alleged victim.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
As news that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was not going to be charged after a sexual assault investigation broke, many media outlets took to Twitter to share the information with their followers.
Most went the conventional route tweeting strictly the news, but NBC Sports Radio decided to get a little creative:
The tweet, which was screenshot and reposted by pretty much everyone who saw it, received so much backlash that it was almost immediately taken down.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston will not be charged by Florida state attorney Willie Meggs in the sexual assault case involving the quarterback.
Meggs announced on Thursday that he has decided to not charge Winston in the incident from Dec. 7, 2012 in which a woman said that she was sexually assaulted by Winston. The case was reignited in November after an 11-month delay, but after the investigation Meggs said that there was not sufficient evidence to proceed with the case.
"We have a duty as prosecutors to only file those charges if we have a reasonable likelihood of a conviction. After reviewing all of the evidence in the case, we feel that we could not meet that burden," Meggs said.
Wednesday afternoon, Winston released a statement.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
New Orleans Saints and former Alabama running back Mark Ingram is not a fan of Auburn kick returner Chris Davis.
Because of Davis’ improbable field goal return that gave Auburn an exciting 34-28 win over rival Alabama, Ingram spent Thursday walking around the Saints facility in Auburn gear.
— Mark Ingram (@MarkIngram22) December 5, 2013