- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr 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 talk about, what else, but the CFP rankings. It continues to be a pointless exercise, but someone has to do it. We'll also discuss:
• MACtion and Dino Babers' curious coaching decision late in the game on Wednesday night.
• Lament how the schedule doesn't look all that appetizing.
• Pick USC/UCLA, Missouri/Tennessee, Ole Miss/Arkansas and more
• Plus, we wonder if Florida is going to fall to an FCS team for the second year in a row.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight will miss his second straight game on Saturday when the Sooners host Kansas. OU coach Bob Stoops has not said much about the sophomore’s injury, but a report from Ryan Aber of The Oklahoman provides a bit more insight into Knight’s status.
According to Aber, the injury Knight suffered against Baylor on Nov. 8 was “later diagnosed as transient quadriplegia.” The severity of the condition varies, so Knight’s status for the rest of the season and beyond is up in the air.
Per The Oklahoman:
The seriousness of the condition can range from mild weakness that goes away in minutes to complete paralysis that lasts for hours. Saturday, Knight will miss his second consecutive game since the injury occurred and there is no clear indicator when — or if — he will return to the field either this season or beyond.
Earlier in the week, Stoops said that Knight was “getting better,” but he has not even attempted to get on the field to throw or run. Stoops also said that Knight “just hasn’t progressed as far as the doctors wanted to see him.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs will officially miss the remainder of the regular season.
Terps head coach Randy Edsall announced the news Thursday, but said the standout junior should return in time for the team’s bowl game.
Diggs lacerated his kidney in Maryland’s Nov. 1 win over Penn State while trying to make a diving catch during the fourth quarter. Diggs was suspended for the Terps’ game against Michigan State over the weekend for making contact with an official during a scuffle before the Penn State game.
Though he is now eligible to play, the 6-foot, 190-pound Diggs is “not expected to be cleared for contact until Dec. 1,” per the Baltimore Sun.
Diggs leads Maryland with 52 catches, 654 yards and five touchdowns this season.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday6 hrs ago
A winter storm that has wreaked havoc on the Buffalo, N.Y., area is doing the same to the Mid-American Conference football schedule.
The Kent State-Buffalo game originally scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed due to the weather in Buffalo. Now, according to the league, that game between the 4-6 Bulls and the 1-9 Golden Flashes has been “tentatively rescheduled” for Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET at UB Stadium.
Television arrangements for this Friday afternoon MACtion are still to be announced.
Additionally, the change to the Kent State-Buffalo game prompted another rescheduling for the Golden Flashes. Kent State’s regular season finale, originally scheduled for next Tuesday night, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. will now be played Friday, Nov. 28 at 1 p.m.
For more Kent State news, visit KentStateReport.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Oregon State's leading rusher is out for the final two games of the regular season.
Terron Ward suffered a torn meniscus in the Beavers' win over Arizona State on Saturday.
"I was pretty shocked," Ward said Tuesday to OregonLive.com.He said his knee didn't feel right, but that the pain wasn't unbearable.
Ward, a senior, had a fantastic game as the Beavers upset the Sun Devils. He had 19 carries for 148 yards in the 35-27 win. But he was hurt at some point and is out for Oregon State's games against Oregon and Washington.
"It's crazy to even think of that," Ward said. "I've thought about that many times in the last two days. It was a good game to go out on, I guess, upset the No. 6 team. But I don't get to play in the Civil War. I won't get to play Washington again. I don't know if we'll have a bowl game. So things like that go through your mind.
"It's hard to swallow, but it's part of life."
At 5-5, Oregon State needs to win one of the games to get to a bowl.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday9 hrs ago
Could Colorado State be getting an on-campus stadium?
Committees reviewing recommendations for the football team's future facilities all opposed renovations to Hughes Stadium, the current home of the Rams.
In a memo dated November 14 to CSU president Tony Frank, the Campus Leadership Committee endorsed option 3, which is a phased version of an on-campus stadium proposal, unanimously supporting it as "the most viable" option. Public input was also sought about the project.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
It's UCLA-USC rivalry week, and USC already got a pre-emptive strike in on UCLA's Bruin bear. So to prevent any repercussions, USC students have gone whole-hog to prevent any UCLA statue vandalism.
The schools have been going back and forth messing with each other's landmarks for 70 years, and students have started camping out (as you can see in the photo above) to thwart any issues. But just in case the guards are overcome with sleep or taken off by a mob from UCLA, at least two statues are covered head-to-toe in what looks like duct tape.
Well done, USC. If the football team plays defense as well as the students do, the Trojans have a great chance of winning.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
Vanderbilt running back Jerron Seymour is no longer on the team.
Seymour was dismissed by Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason. The school confirmed the dismissal on Wednesday, which, per VandySports.com, was for a violation of team rules.
The junior was Vanderbilt's best running back in 2013, but in 2014, he's missed time due to injuries and other issues.
Last season, Seymour had 716 yards and 14 touchdowns, both team highs. This season, his stats aren't even close. He has 25 carries for 123 yards. He's missed four games and his most productive game in 2014 was a nine-carry 41-yard performance against Georgia.
Ralph Webb has emerged as Vandy's primary running threat in 2014. The freshman has 185 carries for 838 yards and three touchdowns. Vanderbilt's second-leading rusher isn't even in the same zip code. Dallas Rivers has 184 yards.
Vanderbilt is at No. 4 Mississippi State on Saturday.
For more Vanderbilt news, visit VandySports.com
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- Christopher Wilson at Dr. Saturday11 hrs ago
For the sake of being completely honest at the jump, these projections are considerably more difficult to put together than they were last year. The BCS system wasn’t great at crowning a champion everyone agreed on but it was easy to predict with its ordered system of picks that meant you could tell who would get stuck with UConn. That’s gone, replaced by the top six games all being chosen by a committee with rules on who gets in but not in which games they necessarily have to play. With no previous editions to lean on, it’s tough to tell how things are going to be arranged, but we will try.
As with previous editions, we’re going to assume favorites win every game. Will this happen? Absolutely not, but at least it’s a consistent tool to use in what will surely be a bonkers final three weeks of the season.
Bullet points with some attempts at explanations and some eligibility projections after the list. A * denotes the team is filling in for a conference that didn’t meet all of its obligations. A # and bold name designate an accepted bid:
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
It’s been five years since a running back has won the Heisman Trophy, but Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon is trying to change that.
With his record-breaking performance against Nebraska last week, he definitely opened the eyes of voters and launched himself into one of the top spots for the award with Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Now, can he keep it up and knock down more records on his way to New York?
If he does and Mariota continues to play well, this might be one of the closest Heisman races in recent memory.
Here’s a look at Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Poll heading into Week 13:
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: There’s not much that can be said about Gordon’s record-breaking 408-yard performance against Nebraska last week, which was punctuated by the fact that he only played three quarters. That was Gordon’s showcase game and he made the most of it. But things don’t get easier this weekend against an Iowa defense that is allowing just 147.8 rushing yards per game.