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  • Washington State coach Mike Leach has hilarious reason for choosing Jamal Morrow as team captain (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    There are many ways in which teams choose a team captain or captains. Washington State coach Mike Leach has tried them all.

    Leach revealed his hilarious reason for choosing junior running back Jamal Morrow as the Cougars’ captain at Monday’s press conference. Before he got into that, he laid out various ways in the past his teams have picked a captain, a process he says is “an inexact science.”

    Leach said he’s let players choose captains by voting or had coaches elect captains, sometimes at the end of spring practice or at the beginning or end of preseason camp. He’s also had teams that chose captains on a weekly basis the day after a game. All of those options, to Leach, presented some issues so he began to wonder the point of choosing a captain in the first place.

    “I thought, ‘What is this captain stuff?’ Everybody around here can be their own captain. I’ve got assistant coaches to be their captain. The coach tells them what to do anyway,” Leach said.

    For real.

    I’ll let Leach explain (video of his entire explanation is above):

    Leach then went into a story from his time as head coach at Texas Tech when his team kicked off twice to open each half for a game against Nebraska.

  • UCLA QB Josh Rosen has 'nerve issue' in throwing shoulder

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 14 hrs ago

    UCLA coach Jim Mora has been mum about the shoulder injury that has kept star sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen out of action.

    After Saturday’s 52-45 loss at Utah, in which Rosen sat out for a second straight week, Mora said he was “not worried” about Rosen. Monday, Mora offered some specifics about Rosen’s injury, saying Rosen is dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder. Mora didn’t offer a timetable for his return, but said once the nerve “starts firing again, he should be fine.”

    #UCLA QB Josh Rosen is dealing with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, coach Jim Mora finally acknowledged.

    — Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) October 24, 2016

    Once the nerve starts firing again, Mora said, Rosen should be back to normal. However, no idea or timetable when that could happen.

    — Dan Greenspan (@DanGreenspan) October 24, 2016

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  • Cast your vote for the best catch from college football's Week 8

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 16 hrs ago

    Each Monday, we’ll gather the best catches from the weekend (or the midweek games) and bring them here for you to vote on in a poll. There could be only a few nominees, or there could be five or six. It all depends on the weekend. If you have a catch you’d like to nominate, don’t hesitate to hit us up on Twitter (@YahooDrSaturday).

    The voting remains open until Friday and the winner advances to another round of voting that will help crown the best catch of the regular season.

    BYU’s Moroni Laulu-Pututau had some tough competition in last week’s poll, but the sophomore was able to win the Week 7 catch of the week with his one-handed grab from the win over Mississippi State.

    Laulu-Pututau garnered 60 percent of the vote, besting Nebraska’s Brandon Reilly (25 percent), Washington State’s River Cracraft (11 percent) and Ohio’s Sebastian Smith.

    Here are the Week 8 nominees:

    Jovon Durante – West Virginia

    What a play.

    Amba Etta-Tawo – Syracuse

    James Gardner – Miami (Ohio)

    Kenny Golladay – Northern Illinois

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  • Northwestern All-Big Ten CB Matthew Harris retires

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 18 hrs ago

    After dealing with a bevy of injuries throughout his career, Northwestern cornerback Matthew Harris has decided to retire from football.

    The program announced the news Monday morning. Harris, a senior, detailed his decision in a statement.

    “This is an incredibly difficult decision to reach, but it is the right one for me and for my future,” said Harris. “I’m so thankful for Coach Fitzgerald, Coach Brown and the rest of the staff that brought me to Northwestern and have mentored me over the last several years. My teammates are like brothers, and while not being on the field with them has been frustrating and challenging, I’m so proud of the group and what we’ve helped build together. I owe thanks to our athletic training and sports medicine staffs, whose care throughout my Wildcats career has been outstanding. Finally and most importantly, I can never appropriately express the love and gratitude I have for my family, which has supported me on every step of this journey and will continue to for years to come.

    For more Northwestern news, visit WildcatReport.com.

  • Wisconsin leading tackler Jack Cichy out for season

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 19 hrs ago

    Jack Cichy, Wisconsin’s leading tackler, suffered a torn pectoral muscle Saturday in the win over Iowa. He will miss the rest of the season.

    Tough news today: #Badgers ILB Jack Cichy will miss the rest of the season (torn pectoral). UW's leading tackler this season with 60.

    — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) October 24, 2016

    Cichy was injured late in the first half Saturday in Iowa City, but returned to play most of the second half before eventually coming out midway through the fourth quarter.

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    The injury to Cichy, who has 60 tackles on the year, is the latest in a slew of linebacker injuries for the 11th-ranked Badgers this season. Chris Orr suffered a season-ending knee injury in the season-opener versus LSU and Vince Biegel missed two games with a foot injury. Biegel returned in the 17-9 win over the Hawkeyes.

    For more Wisconsin news, visit BadgerBlitz.com.

  • Fresno State fires coach Tim DeRuyter after 1-7 start

    Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Fresno State is making a coaching change.

    The school announced Sunday that Tim DeRuyter had been fired as the team’s head coach. Fresno State is 1-7 in 2016 after falling 38-20to Utah State on Saturday. The Bulldogs’ only win this season came against FCS opponent Sacramento State.

    Offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau will be the team’s interim coach.

    “When you make a coaching change the evaluation process covers many aspects of the program,” Fresno State athletic director Jim Bartko said in a statement. “Through this process the decision was made to make a change at this time. There ware five remaining football games on the schedule and the focus will be to prepare and put this team in a place to create success and engage the fan base.”

    It’s been a downhill spiral since now-Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr led the Bulldogs to an 11-2 record in 2013. Fresno State went 6-8 in 2014 and fell to 3-9 in 2015.

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  • Michigan moves to No. 2 behind Alabama in AP poll

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Ohio State’s biggest rival took advantage of the Buckeyes’ loss in the post-Week 8 AP poll.

    Michigan moved up a spot to No. 2 following its win over Illinois on Saturday. Ohio State was No. 2 last week but OSU lost to Penn State. The Buckeyes fell to No. 6.

    No. 1 Alabama once again got all but one of the first-place votes in the poll. The Tide beat then-No. 6 Texas A&M 33-14 on Saturday. The Aggies fell three spots to No. 9.

    Clemson moved to No. 3 while Washington is at No. 4. Louisville rounds out the top five.

    Penn State jumped into the top 25 at No. 24 thanks to the win over Ohio State.

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    Here’s how the entire poll looks. Ohio State remains ahead of undefeated Power Five teams Nebraska, Baylor and West Virginia.

    1. Alabama 2. Michigan 3. Clemson 4. Washington 5. Louisville 6. Ohio State 7. Nebraska 8. Baylor 9. Texas A&M 10. West Virginia 11. Wisconsin 12. Florida State 13. Boise State 14. Florida 15. Auburn 16. Oklahoma 17. Utah 18. Tennessee 19. LSU 20. Western Michigan 21. North Carolina 22. Navy 23. Colorado 24. Penn State 25. Virginia Tech

  • Todd Graham confronts Mike Leach for sign-stealing accusations (Video)

    Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    In the days leading up to Saturday night’s Washington State-Arizona State game, WSU coach Mike Leach accused ASU coach Todd Graham of stealing signs.

    This is the second straight yearLeach brought it up, and Leach was fined by the Pac-12 for his comments on Friday.

    After Washington State held off ASU 37-32 at Sun Devil Stadium, the two coaches met at midfield for a customary postgame handshake. Only this wasn’t the usual handshake. Graham let Leach know he didn’t appreciate the accusations.

    Watch this (warning: expletives used):

    — Deadspin (@Deadspin) October 23, 2016

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  • Winners and Losers: The pool of CFP candidates is thinning

    Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    There’s a little more than a week until the first official College Football Playoff rankings are announced, and there are still a handful of teams that could make the Top 4.

    As we saw Saturday with Ohio State, it’s difficult to stay at the top of the heap and more often than not the teams that appear at the top of the first CFP rankings aren’t necessarily the teams that go on to actually play in the playoff.

    Here’s a quick look at the teams that still have a shot at playoff glory.

    Alabama: Can anyone topple the Tide? For a moment on Saturday, Texas A&M made it look possible, but a few mistakes later and the Tide were heading off the field with another dominant victory. But it’s too early to anoint them repeat champions, especially with LSU and Auburn looming.

    Michigan: With Ohio State probably out of the way, the Wolverines control their own path to the playoff. If they win out, which means a win against Ohio State and a victory in the Big ten title game, they’re in.




  • Oklahoma and Texas Tech set offensive records in 66-59 Sooners win

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Oklahoma and Texas Tech set an FBS record for most combined yards in the Sooners’ 66-59 win Saturday night.

    Each team had 854 yards of offense to total 1,708 yards combined, breaking the record of 1,640 yards set by San Jose State and Nevada back in 2001. And that wasn’t the only record the two teams set.

    • The two teams tied the NCAA record for most first downs (76). Tech had 42 first downs while No. 16 Oklahoma had 34.

    • Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes set the NCAA record for total offense in one game. Mahomes threw for 734 yards and ran for 85 yards for 819 total yards. The previous record was held by former Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday, who had 751 yards of total offense vs. Cal in 2014.

    • Halliday threw an FBS-record 89 passes in that game against Cal. Mahomes came up one short with 88 pass attempts vs. Oklahoma.

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    • Texas Tech wide receivers Keke Coutee and Jonathan Giles each had 10 catches. Coutee had 172 yards and a score while Giles had 167 yards and two touchdowns.

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