- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 mins ago
If you have Dish, you're not going to miss any college football this weekend.
The satellite company announced it will carry all four of Fox Sports 1's football games for college football's opening weekend. The games were in danger for Dish customers after the two parties were in a disagreement about the cost to carry the games.
“We are proud to deliver the most college football anywhere, at the best possible value," Dish vice president of programming Josh Clark said in a statement.
Fox Sports 1's first game of the weekend is Thursday night between Rutgers and Washington State. Games between Colorado State and Colorado (Friday), North Dakota State and Iowa State (Saturday) and SMU and Baylor (Sunday) are also on the network. Dish said customers' guides should have updated with the new information overnight.
The carriage dispute was only between FS1 and Dish. No other carriers were involved.
Fox Sports 1 recently celebrated its first anniversary on August 17. The network was rebranded from the Speed Channel and will carry a number of Big 12 and Pac-12 football games this year.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday31 mins ago
Navy will have special uniforms for its game against Ohio State in Baltimore on Saturday.
The Midshipmen will be wearing their "Navy Summer Whites." Each uniform is going to be custom to the player, "with each athlete wearing their specific rank on the field, depicted in the shoulder and pant leg design of each uniform" per the release from Under Armour.
Navy's helmets will also be mostly white, much like the special helmets its worn in the past.
For comparison's sake, here's what the traditional Navy away uniform will look like this year.
These are great looking uniforms. The matte white Navy helmet has been one of the best in college football and it's good to see it return. If Navy upsets Ohio State, these uniforms may become a mainstay this season.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday41 mins ago
We've written about how college football programs are trying combat declining student attendance with promotions like free tickets, advanced wireless connections and giveaways, but there hasn't been an indication of just how much attendance has declined in recent years.
A report in the Wall Street Journalhas tried to put a number to the trend.
Through Freedom of Information Act requests, the WSJ analyzed student ticket data from 80 colleges, including 38 schools from Power Five conferences. Based on that information, the Journal says the average student attendance at games is down 7.1 percent since 2009.
From the WSJ:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Have you ever gone to a sporting event and thought the soft pretzels at the concession stands weren't big enough? Here's Maryland's new 1.5 pound pretzel.
The Terrapins will sell "The Chessie" at all home football games this year. It's 24 ounces of a pretzel baked with crab dip and cheese. It will sell for $17.50 according to the Washington Post.
The official description of the pretzel:
The ‘Chessie,’ named after the Loch Ness Monster’s less famous Chesapeake Bay cousin, is a monster-sized 24-ounce hot soft pretzel smothered in back fin crab dip and melted cheddar cheese, then topped with a dusting of Old Bay for two to four hungry fans.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Texas defensive coordinator Vance Bedford wants to see a sellout for Saturday's season-opening game against North Texas.
Tickets still remain for the game, and Bedford doesn't want any excuses if Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium isn't at capacity.
"Staying at home, what do you mean staying at home?" Bedford rhetorically asked. "I hear that the state of Texas is all about what, football. Friday Night Lights, the University of Texas. What do you mean we have eight or nine thousand tickets left? People out there, get off your duff and go buy these tickets. There should be standing room only. If not, don't complain, don't say anything. Get in that stands right now, cheer us on to victory. North Texas, when they're on offense, shouldn't hear a thing. They should not be able to check. Why? It's standing room only. There should be 105,000 and the fire marshal's outside saying 'get out.'"
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
South Carolina and Texas A&M are yearly cross-division SEC rivals now, so it stood to reason that the game needed a trophy, right?
Well, the administrators of the two schools haven't taken the trophy step yet, but the governors of the states have. It's a 40-pound trophy of James Bonham.
Bonham, a South Carolina native, is a key figure of the Battle of the Alamo. He went to South Carolina College and nine years after he left was killed in the battle. The trophy will be traded back-and-forth between the governors of the two states based off who wins the football game.
Gov. Rick Perry of Texas commissioned the statue. Perry is an A&M graduate and just so not-so-coincidentally happens to be in Columbia, S.C. for Republican fundraisers. South Carolina and Texas A&M play Thursday evening.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Georgia State is no longer a winless FBS football team.
The Panthers beat Abilene Christian 38-37 Wednesday night in college football's season opener after a 26-yard field goal by Will Lutz with four seconds left.
After starting the program in 2010, Georgia State moved up to FBS, the top class of college football in 2013. As members of the Sun Belt Conference, the team promptly went 0-12 in its first FBS season, losing to Samford, Chattanooga, and Jacksonville State, all FCS schools.
Yeah, Abilene Christian is an FCS school, but we're not gong to nitpick. When you're Georgia State and your last win was on October 13, 2012 when you were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association, against the only team (Rhode Island) that you beat that season, it's a pretty big victory.
Georgia State got the ball back with 2:41 left in the fourth quarter to start its game-winning drive after Abilene Christian elected to punt on a 4th-and-2 at its own 47. (In a game that featured some interesting displays of defense and more than 70 total points to that point, you don't have to do much convincing of yourself to believe that going for it would have been a better option.)
- Jeff Eisenberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
We promised never to be suckered into believing in the implausible again after the herculean feats of Lance Armstrong, Mark McGwire and Alex Rodriguez turned out to be steroid-fueled. We swore to never again be duped by an inspiring story so easily after Manti Te'o's dying girlfriend turned out to be an elaborate hoax.
Now, not far removed from any of those incidents, here we all are washing egg yolk and shell off our faces yet again.
USC cornerback Josh Shaw's admission that he lied about jumping from a second-floor balcony to rescue his drowning nephew is a revelation that leaves everyone involved looking foolish. We all wanted to believe the senior co-captain's heroic tale could be true — and we all look gullible and naive now that it's clear the real explanation for Shaw's two badly sprained ankles may be far more nefarious.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Welcome to the Dr. Saturday Podcast! Throughout the season we'll be talking weekly about whatever is going on in the world of college football. This week, join Graham Watson and Nick Bromberg as we preview the first week of the season. We chat about:
• Josh Shaw'ssaga at USC.(Episode was taped Wednesday afternoon.)
• Analyze the weekend's biggest games including Texas A&M-South Carolina, Ohio State-Navy and more.
• Pick against the spread in those five games.
• Make bold predictions for the 2014 season that are eerily similar.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Josh Shaw’s heroic story was a lie.
The USC senior cornerback admitted as much Wednesday in a statement released by the university, which also said Shaw had retained a lawyer.
Earlier Wednesday, the LAPD told Rivals.com site TrojansSports.com that Shaw was a subject in an ongoing investigation into a burglary at an apartment complex.
Shaw suffered two ankle sprains during the incident and was out indefinitely. Coach Steve Sarkisian said Shaw was also suspended indefinitely. Shaw is a team captain.
Shaw has not spoken to the media or been seen around the football facility since the heroic story surfaced. He did release a statement through his newly retained criminal lawyer, Donald Etra: