- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday8 hrs ago
Jockeying for position in the race for the Heisman Trophy is a fluid process.
While sometimes a player emerges early and captures the bronze statue (Jameis Winston), others need a Heisman moment late in the season to seal the deal (Johnny Manziel).
This year, players have floated on and off our list, but only one has been a constant. Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott, who didn't have a game last week, remains our favorite, but the chase pack, which is full of talented players, isn't far behind.
Here's a look at Dr. Saturday's Heisman Watch:
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: Prescott has had a week to breathe following three consecutive wins against top-10 teams. The challenge this week will be staying at a high level against an opponent without a ranking in front of its name. Kentucky is coming off a lopsided loss against LSU last week, so it might be easy to overlook the Wildcats. But if Prescott wants to win this thing, he needs to play at the same level he played in the past three games.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Fed up with your coach? Perhaps it’s time to put their job on Craigslist.
That’s what one Florida fan decided to do this week by posting a Wanted Ad for a new Florida football coach to replace Will Muschamp, who hasn’t actually been fired (yet).
Obviously, that Nov. 2 date coincides with the day after the Gators next game against Georgia. Florida is on a bye this week.
Muschamp started the season on the hot seat and has done nothing this year to get off it. The Gators are 3-3 this season and coming off an embarrassing 42-13 loss to Missouri.
The ad does have some humorous parts if you’re so inclined to read the entire thing (it is a little long). Here are a few of the better requirements:
The ad also endorses Spurrier as the next coach, something I think we all want to see happen.
While, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley hasn’t been ready to address Muschamp’s future just yet, we have no doubt that some of the criteria listed in this ad is probably on his wishlist.
For more Florida news, visit InsideTheGators.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Robin Kiffin, the mother of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, is not looking forward to his return to Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday.
Alabama visits Tennessee and it's Kiffin's first game back in Knoxville since he left after a season to become USC's coach before the 2010 season.
"I'm scared to death for his safety," his mother Robin Kiffin told CBS Sports. "Some people were visiting us last weekend from Tennessee and they said they better not let him on the sideline, they should put him in the press box. I want him to be in the press box."
Kiffin's three kids will not be going to the game.
Kiffin has been coaching this season at Alabama from the sideline and will be there on Saturday. iWhen asked about Kiffin being on the sideline during Wednesday's SEC teleconference, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he wasn't worried about it, though he did seem exasperated about the questions.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
The University of North Carolina Academic Support Program for Student-Athletes was found culpable of creating easy, non-show classes that catered to student-athletes in an effort to give them better grades.
Kenneth Wainstein, a former top U.S. Justice Department official, said during a press conference Wednesday that academic counselors ushered as many as 3,100 students – approximately 1,500 of them student-athletes – into bogus classes that were geared toward keeping student-athletes eligible for play over the past 18 years (1993-2011).
The academic impropriety in Wainstein's report is far greater than previously reported by the school or to the NCAA.
Wainstein said many academic and athletic officials knew about the scheme, which began with Deborah Crowder, a longtime manager for the Department of African and Afro-American Studies, and gave student-athletes inflated grades for what Wainstein termed “paper classes.”
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
True freshman quarterback Treon Harris is now Florida’s starter.
Coach Will Muschamp announced the move Wednesday stating that Harris, who replaces fourth-year junior Jeff Driskel, has performed better during his opportunities.
"You saw what he did late in the game," Muschamp said. "He has a knack for making plays and making some good things happen for our football team. We've struggled with production at the quarterback position, and that's been an issue for us along with others. Been a huge issue for us.”
Harris was suspended the week after leading Florida to a come-from-behind 10-9 victory at Tennessee after police began investigating an alleged sexual assault. Harris was reinstated five days later after the accuser withdrew her complaint.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Oklahoma State has issued a cease and desist letter to New Mexico State asking it to stop using its Pistol Pete mascot.
The two schools use a similar likeness of Pistol Pete, a character based on a real cowboy named Frank Eaton. Oklahoma refers to the likeness as Pistol Pete while New Mexico State refers to it as the Classic Aggie. However, New Mexico State doesn't use that particular logo anymore.
Oklahoma State said it was the first to have the mascot in the 1920s and then New Mexico State adopted a similar mascot in the 1960s. NMSU said it initially paid Oklahoma State royalties when it adopted the mascot.
Still, Oklahoma State would like the Sun Belt school to stop using it now 50 years later.
According to legend, Eaton earned his nickname by showing off his shooting skills in Oklahoma and winning a legendary gunfight in Albuquerque.
For more Oklahoma State news, visit OStateIllustrated.com.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
A West Virginia player was one of the people cited by Morgantown, W.V. police after celebratory riots broke out following the Mountaineers' win over Baylor Saturday.
Elijah Wellman, listed as a fullback/tight end on West Virginia's site, received one of 24 citations handed out in the aftermath of the game. He was charged with disorderly conduct.
Wellman redshirted in 2013 and, according to West Virginia's site, is a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. In seven games this season he has two carries and three catches.
According to WBOY.com, 32 street fires and seven dumpster fires (no, not a euphemism for Florida's offense), were reported after the game.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Well, this is an effective way to make sure Michigan knows that Saturday's opponent is Michigan State.
Someone painted the block M on Michigan's campus green on Tuesday night and added an "SU" in white next to it. We don't need to explain what the three letters mean.
The block ‘M’ on Michigan’s campus has been painted green. pic.twitter.com/lGFvnXeVbv
The block M was donated to the then-university president by the class of 1953. According to Michigan legend, if you step on the M, you'll fail your first blue book exam.No word what the punishment is for painting the letter.
The Spartans are 17-point favorites for the game in East Lansing, Mich., at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. And it's not the only rivalry game this weekend that has a recent history of vandalism. Last year, someone posted an Alabama message on Tennessee's "The Rock."
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Could Todd Gurley be returning for Georgia's next game? The Bulldogs are wanting it to happen.
Georgia announced it will officially apply to the NCAA for Gurley's reinstatement Wednesday. The star running back has been suspended since Oct. 9 amid reports that he was monetarily compensated for his autograph. In a statement, the school said it hoped Gurley would be reinstated for the Nov. 1 game against Florida and Gurley said he took "full responsibility for the mistakes I made."
Since completing its initial review of the eligibility matter involving UGA student-athlete Todd Gurley on October 9, the University has been supporting Todd and cooperating with his legal counsel as they review the matter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Could Texas A&M be making some changes to its depth chart and starting lineup before the Aggies' next game?
Coach Kevin Sumlin didn't rule anything out on Tuesday when asked about potential changes to his team in the wake of a 59-0 loss to Alabama and a three-game losing streak.
"To answer your question I don’t think there’s anything that’s off the table, any position, in evaluating where we are right now," Sumlin said. "Something like what happened Saturday is an eye opener, and should be an eye opener, not just to coaches and fans but to players too. We’re evaluating that situation. We’ve got coaches out recruiting today. They’ll be back in the office tomorrow and we’ll be practicing Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’ll have more info probably next week at the press conference.”
Sumlin and his coaching staff can afford to wait to annoince any changes publicly because the Aggies are off on Saturday. And then Texas A&M's next game is against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 1. If there was ever a time to introduce some midseason changes to a team, a bye week and a game against a non-conference non-Power Five team is the time to do it.