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  • What to Watch: Time to sort out some division races

    Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    The second half of the season is officially beginning and this is when the conference races start to sort themselves out. There are several games on this week’s slate that will impact the winners and losers of divisions, especially in the SEC West and the Pac-12 South.

    Here’s a look at what to watch in Week 8:

    Game of the week: No. 6 Texas A&M at No. 1 Alabama, 3:30 p.m. ET

    Alabama is taking on its third ranked opponent in as many weeks, but Texas A&M might be the most formidable of the trio.

    Like Alabama, Texas A&M is undefeated but it hasn’t played a team nearly as talented as the Tide, especially on defense. Alabama has scored eight touchdowns on interception and fumble recovery returns and has three punt returns for touchdowns. The 11 non-offensive touchdowns are more than the Tide had all of last year.

    That’s not good news for A&M quarterback Trevor Knight, who struggles with his accuracy. Also not good news, the fact that the Tide lead the nation in rush defense, which is where the Aggies offense excels. Running back Trayveon Williams is averaging about 117 yards per game and Knight is averaging 84. Knight also leads the team in rushing touchdowns with nine.

  • North Carolina G Caleb Peterson out for season after back surgery

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    North Carolina will be without a longtime offensive line starter for the rest of 2016.

    The school said Thursday that guard Caleb Peterson would miss the remainder of the season because of a back injury. He’s set to undergo surgery Friday in Dallas.

    A senior, Peterson missed North Carolina’s last two games vs. Virginia Tech and Miami. He had started 30-straight games at left guard for the Tar Heels before the Virginia Tech game and had 42 career starts. He was an all-ACC second team selection in 2015.

    Peterson’s injury means North Carolina will play the rest of the season without its starting guards. John Ferranto was slated to start at right guard but tore a pectoral muscle before the season began.

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    A third starter could miss Saturday’s game vs. Virginia as well. Jon Heck, the team’s right tackle, is listed as questionable on the UNC injury report. The News and Observer saidHeck “appears unlikely” to play Saturday.

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  • Mike Leach fined by Pac-12 after sign-stealing comments

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 4 hrs ago

    Mike Leach has a little less money following his Monday comments about Arizona State and sign stealing.

    The Pac-12 has fined Leach $10,000 and issued a reprimand for what he said about ASU. Leach said he believed the Sun Devils still stole signs and that he heard rumors the team has equipment at Sun Devil Stadium to enhance the practice.

    “Conference rules prohibit Pac-12 member institutions from disparaging each other and discrediting other institutions,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement.

    Arizona State coach Todd Graham responded to Leach’s comments by referencing the integrity of ASU’s program. The conversation about sign-stealing was a sequel to the discussion the two publicly had in 2015 when Leach first leveled accusations of sign-stealing against Arizona State.

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    Arizona State and Washington State play Saturday night.

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  • Boise State remains undefeated despite turnovers, crazy finish

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 10 hrs ago

    Boise State remained undefeated after squeaking by BYU 28-27 on Thursday, but the game was not without its last-second drama.

    On BYU’s final series, the Cougars drove from their own 8-yard line to get in range for a 44-yard field goal, which they opted to take on second down with 15 seconds remaining. Boise State blocked the kick and thought it had the game won, but BYU recovered the block and because it was only second down, it still had two plays and 10 seconds remaining.

    Unfortunately for BYU, it was not able to recreate the magic it had in this game last year when it beat the Broncos with a Hail Mary as time expired, but both teams tried their best to make the game equally as entertaining.

    BYU forced five Boise State turnovers, including two pick-sixes that helped give the Cougars a lead in the first half. However, the BYU offense wasn’t much help. Quarterback Taysom Hill completed 21 of 42 passes for 187 yards and one rushing touchdown. Hill looked good on the final drive, but he took an ill-advised sack that ultimately pushed the field goal back.

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  • BYU tried the worst fake punt from its own end zone

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 13 hrs ago

    BYU tried what could easily be called the worst fake punt of the 2016 season on Thursday when it tried to fool the Boise State defense from inside their own end zone.

    This is the worst fake punt of all time. End of discussion. pic.twitter.com/oa6exx8RBB

    — Kyle Bonagura (@BonaguraESPN) October 21, 2016

    Coach Kalani Sitake justified the move by saying at halftime “on film, we thought we had it.” Well, they didn’t have it, not even close to having it, the play failed miserably and Boise State should have had the ball on the 1-yard line were it not for a unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that backed the Broncos up to the 17.

    However, in a strange twist of events, that penalty actually seemed to turn the game in BYU’s favor. Boise State couldn’t get its offense started and missed the ensuing field goal. After BYU did little on offense, the Cougars defense grabbed its second pick-six of the game to take the lead 17-14. And then, BYU forced a fumble on Boise State’s next possession.

    There’s no doubt that was exactly how BYU coach Kalani Sitake saw that working out.

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  • Virginia Tech takes control of ACC Coastal with 37-16 win against Miami

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    Virginia Tech took control of the ACC Coastal Division on Thursday night with a 37-16 win against Miami.

    The game started as a defensive duel with both teams trading field goals in the first quarter, but Virginia Tech settled in and took a 16-3 lead before Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya found Braxton Berrios in the end zone with 19 seconds remaining before halftime.

    But the second half was all Virginia Tech. The Hokies scored on their second and third possessions, and while Miami did get a touchdown in the quarter, it either punted or turned the ball over on downs on five of their six second-half possessions. Much of that was because of Virginia Tech defensive front, which notched seven sacks in the contest.

    Virginia Tech rebounded from last week’s upset loss against Syracuse and now hold wins against North Carolina and the Hurricanes, two of the top contenders for the division crown. The Hokies will travel to Pitt next week.

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  • Virginia Tech executes the rare fullback-to-fullback TD pass (Video)

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 15 hrs ago

    During the third quarter of Virginia Tech’s game against Miami, the Hokies decided to get creative on offense and allow their fullback to take the lead.

    Sam Rogers, who already had a career-long 52-yard reception earlier in the game, took the handoff from quarterback Jerod Evans, faked the rush, and then tossed a 13-yard pass to fellow fullback Steven Peoples for the score.

    Not sure the last time college football saw a fullback-to-fullback pass, but this was pretty awesome.

    The score gave the Hokies a 30-16 advantage and they ultimately won the game 37-16.

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  • Once top recruit Gunner Kiel to make his first 2016 start against East Carolina

    Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Senior quarterback Gunner Kiel will make his first start of the 2016 season on Saturday when Cincinnati meets East Carolina, coach Tommy Tuberville announced on his radio show Thursday.

    Kiel was a two-year starter for the Bearcats in 2014 and 2015, but he suffered a major head injury on Sept. 24 against Memphis and hasn’t been able to consistently regain that starters’ form.

    He’s attempted just 11 passes this season and has spent most of the year third on the depth chart behind Hayden Moore and Ross Trail. But the Bearcats are looking for some sort of spark after losing two straight and three of the last four. Cincinnati ranks 105 th nationally in scoring offense with just 23 points per game, and the quarterbacks have thrown 10 interceptions to just eight touchdowns.

    This is an offense that was one of the nation’s most potent a year ago. It ranked sixth nationally in passing and total offense. It averaged 33.8 points per game.

    Perhaps, Tuberville is hoping Kiel, who was once one of the nation’s most sought after quarterbacking recruits, can help rekindle last season’s magic and get the Bearcats back on track for the second half of the year.

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  • Former Purdue LB, DC Brock Spack not interested in coaching vacancy

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    Brock Spack seems like an obvious fit for the head-coaching vacancy at Purdue, no?

    Spack was a star linebacker at Purdue in the ’80s and was the Boilermakers’ defensive coordinator for more than a decade — from 1997-2008. From there he took over as the head coach at FCS Illinois State and is now in his eighth season, amassing a 59-33 record and three FCS playoff appearances in the process.

    But is Spack interested in the opening at his alma mater? No, evidently.

    From The Pantagraph:

    “I don’t see it happening,” Spack said Tuesday. “I’ve kind of moved on from that a long time ago.”

    “They stink right now. I hope they get a good coach,” said Spack. “I’ve got a lot of pride in the place. I put 22 years of my life in there. I like to see them win. But I don’t think it will be me.”


    From The Pantagraph:

    “I’m not paying attention to that stuff. I have in the past,” said Spack. “I have my own problems right now. I’m at a great place. My focus is on the Redbirds right now.”

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  • Spread Options: Dr. Saturday's Week 8 picks against the spread

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Well we didn’t go under .500 last week. We were 5-5 in Week 7, bringing the season total to 26-40-4. Keep fading.

    Miami (+6.5) at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. ET THURSDAY: Both teams enter after surprising losses. The Hurricanes lost to North Carolina while Virginia Tech fell at Syracuse. The Hurricanes are No. 57 in total offense while Virginia Tech is No. 59, though those ranks are a bit misleading. Miami’s offense has been much more efficient, averaging over 7 yards per play. Virginia Tech is at 5.47.

    BYU at Boise State (-6.5), 10:15 p.m. ET THURSDAY: BYU is the master of close games; six of its seven games this season have been decided by a possession. Boise State got a big lead against Colorado State and let up in the second half last week, making the game seem closer than it was in the third quarter. No let up this week for the Broncos, who win by 10.

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