- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 mins ago
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon will resign at a press conference Friday afternoon, according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, TheWolverine.com, and The Detroit News. The university announced late Friday morning that it’d hold a 1:30 p.m. ET press conference hosted by president Mark Schlissel, but did not provide specifics for the press conference other than saying that Schlissel would be making an announcement.
According to The Detroit News, Brandon is “not expected to attend” the press conference and an interim AD is expected to be named.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday49 mins ago
It’s almost like the season has started anew.
With the recent release of the College Football Playoff rankings, the race is on to become one of the nation’s top four teams and now every team knows exactly how far they must go to achieve that goal..
The rankings we saw this week will be different next week thanks to several key matchups that pit ranked teams, but it will be interesting to see if the level of play changes now we’re headed down the home stretch.
Here’s what to watch in Week 10:
Game of the week: No. 3 Auburn at No. 4 Ole Miss, 7 p.m. ET When the College Football Playoff rankings were announced Tuesday, no one saw this game being a matchup that would knock one team out of playoff contention. Both of these programs already have a loss and can ill-afford another, especially with several one-loss teams nipping at their heels. We already know Auburn’s offense can score, but it’s defense looked suspect against South Carolina last week. Ole Miss looked great on defense in its loss to LSU, but the offense couldn’t score for three quarters and quarterback Bo Wallace let his frustration get the better of him at the end. This game will come down to the fourth quarter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
When your team is playing well, even other coaches want to dress up as you.
Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl dressed up as coach Gus Malzahn Thursday night at an event for Auburn's basketball team.
"Pearl Jam" wasn't the band. Rather it was an open scrimmage and event for Auburn's basketball team and its first-year coach. Pearl, after serving time as an ESPN analyst while he was under show-cause penalty from the NCAA, was hired by Auburn after last season.
We hope Pearl read this piece by The War Eagle Reader for authenticity. The site asked Malzahn's wife and daughter on how to create the perfect Gus costume.
For more Auburn news, visit AuburnSports.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Georgia's appeal to have RB Todd Gurley eligible sooner than November 15 has been denied.
The NCAA said in a statement this week that Gurley would be reinstated for the Bulldogs' game against Auburn on November 15 after serving a four-game suspension for accepting over $3,000 for autographing items over multiple years.
Georgia immediately appealed the decision in the hopes that Gurley could play as soon as Saturday against Florida. The suspension was upheld. It was for 30 percent of the season because of the amount of money Gurley accepted.
"We are very disappointed in tonight's decision by the Division I Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee regarding our appeal on Todd Gurley's eligibility reinstatement," a Georgia statement read. "We believe our case to the NCAA for Todd's immediate reinstatement was strong and compelling. However, we now have exhausted all available options and look forward to Todd's return to competition on November 15. The full attention of the Bulldog Nation now needs to be focused on our team and Saturday's important game against Florida."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Florida State seems to be at its best when its back is against the wall.
Trailing by as many as 21, the Seminoles put together a nearly flawless second half to escape Louisville with a 42-31 victory.
But the final score didn’t paint an accurate picture of how the game played out.
In the first half, the Seminoles were on upset alert.
Louisville jumped out a 21-0 lead and Florida State looked shell-shocked. Winston threw two interceptions in the first half — and would add a career-high third in the second half — and Louisville defense was playing about as well as it has all season.
But in the second half, that all changed.
Winston threw his third pick on his first pass of the second half but then managed to force a fumble and get the Seminoles the ball back.
That played seemed to spark something in Florida State as it proceeded to dominate Louisville in the second half. The Seminoles outgained Louisville 380-170 in the second half and was 5-of-8 on third down. Louisville never converted a third down.
Florida State wore down the Louisville defense and with the help of some strange and lucky bounces was able to take the lead and eventually pull away.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 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 break down the College Football Playoff rankings that will be totally different by next week. It's a pointless exercise, but someone has to do it. We'll also discuss:
• Marcus Mariota and Oregon finally getting over the Stanford hump.
• The curious case of Notre Dame and the CFP committee.
• Pick the top matchups of the weekend, including Bad/Good Bo against Auburn, Utah and Sparky, and the potentially high-scoring affair between TCU and West Virginia.
• Also, we'll discuss whether any Florida State player will be suspended for the rest of the season. Hey, there's still time (save the nasty emails until after you listen).
• Nick laments about his Royals and Graham seeks out tips for her new homebrewing hobby.
Yes, there's a lot of random conversation going on this week, but that's exactly how we like it.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Notre Dame and Navy have played annually since 1927, and most of the time (74 times to be exact), the Fighting Irish come out on top.
Despite the Irish’s current three-game winning streak in the series, some students from the Naval Academy dished out some serious trash talk via a rap video before Saturday’s matchup at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
Though I don’t think there’s much of a chance for the 4-4 Midshipmen to knock off the tenth-ranked Irish (6-1), I am impressed with this video in all aspects – from production quality to this girl’s immaculate Nicki Minaj impression.
Even though the original song (“Anaconda”) is impossibly bad, this parody is pretty entertaining. Well done.
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- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Though Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has had a lot of success during his time in Stillwater, to some, he’s still best known for a post-game press conference rant from 2007.
Gundy sounded off on a local reporter who criticized quarterback Bobby Reid, who had recently been demoted to second string. Since then, the recognizable line of “Come after me! I’m a man! I’m 40!” has been replayed countless times, and in an interview with Campus Insiders, Gundy admitted that he actually tried to trademark that phrase, but someone else did it before he could.
Additionally, Gundy said people don’t say the phrase to him as much as they once did, but he has signed autographs for a fans' 40th birthdays and even caught his 12-year-old son imitating it.
On top of that, Gundy said the rant has helped the Cowboys’ program with recruiting. He even went so far as to call it a “turning point” in his career and for the OSU program.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon reached a plea agreement Thursday and will avoid trial for a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from a July 25 incident.
According to SoonerScoop.com, Mixon, a five-star freshman, entered an “Alford Plea,” where he will receive “a one-year deferred sentence” and complete “100 hours of community service” while undergoing “cognitive behavior counseling.”
In an Alford Plea, the defendant maintains innocence, but “concedes the prosecution has enough evidence” to reach a guilty verdict.
Kevin Finlay, Mixon’s attorney, said in a statement that entering the Alford Plea was “the best course of action.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Mark Stoops doesn’t want to make Saturday’s game bigger than it is, but trust that it’s a very big game for the Kentucky football program.
When the Wildcats roll into Columbia, Mo., to face the Tigers it won’t just be another SEC win on the line — the third in Stoops tenure — it will be the all important sixth win, the one that earns bowl eligibility.
“ I look at it because we're sitting on five. So six is big because it's the next one,” Stoops said. “That's always my message, let's get this next victory, it just happens to be six. Yeah, sure, it would be nice, I'm not going to deny that, but it's important, it's our next game — what's important is our next game and that's how we think about it.”
Kentucky hasn’t been to a bowl game since losing to Pittsburgh in the BBVA Compass Bowl in 2010. Since then, the Wildcats have gone 5-7, 2-10, and 2-10. This year has already been a year of firsts for the Wildcats, including the first SEC win in Stoops’ tenure, a bowl game would just continue to solidify that the program is moving in the right direction.