- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday41 mins ago
Two days after five Rutgers players were arrested for assault, the program announced Saturday that all five – Nadir Barnwell, Dre Boggs, Ruhann Peele, Delon Stephenson and Razohnn Gross – have been dismissed from the program.
Rutgers announced the news Saturday morning, just minutes before it opened its season at home against Norfolk State.
All five players were charged with aggravated assault, riot, and conspiracy to commit a riot stemming from their alleged involvement in an April attack on a group of at least four individuals. They were arrested Thursday at the team facility.
Additionally, Boggs was also charged with robbery, burglary while armed and conspiracy to commit an armed robbery” for allegedly participating in multiple home invasions alongside Tejay Johnson, a former Rutgers player whose career ended in July 2014 due to injury.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday53 mins ago
Ole Miss announced Saturday morning that tackle Laremy Tunsil, one of the best offensive linemen in the country, would be held out of Saturday's game against Tennessee-Martin for "precautionary" reasons because of a "pending process" with the NCAA.
"As a precautionary measure we are withholding Laremy Tunsil from today's game until the pending process can be completed. We are fully cooperating with the NCAA and feel this is the best way to protect Laremy, our football program and the university."
Tunsil was accused by his stepfather of accepting benefits from agents earlier this summer. The junior was arrested for domestic assault in June against his stepfather after an alleged incident between his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather said the incident was stemmed by a discussion about agents.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday10 hrs ago
It wasn’t easy and it certainly wasn’t pretty, but No. 23 Boise State managed to hold off Washington on Friday night in Chris Petersen’s much-anticipated return to Boise.
Petersen, who left BSU for Washington in 2013 after eight seasons as the Broncos’ head coach, saw his team rally back from a 16-0 deficit to narrowly drop a 16-13 nailbiter. The Boise State win was sealed when Washington’s Cameron Van Winkle’s 46-yard game-tying field goal attempt in the final minute was wide right.
The first half was completely dominated by Boise State, especially via the Jeremy McNichols-led rushing attack. McNichols, who ran for 89 yards on the night, scored two first half touchdowns to help the Broncos jump out to a 13-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Washington, with true freshman Jake Browning starting at quarterback, struggled to get anything going and went into halftime down 16-0.
The start of the second half was more of the same. Washington couldn’t move the ball at all, but got on a the board with a Van Winkle field goal after a solid Dante Pettis punt return set up good field position.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Michigan State traveled west to Kalamazoo on Friday night and survived its first test of the season against a pesky Western Michigan squad.
With a revitalized program under P.J. Fleck, the Broncos were no pushovers, but using a balanced offensive attack, the fifth-ranked Spartans were able to storm out to a sizeable first half lead en route to a 37-24 road win.
Senior quarterback Connor Cook, a preseason Heisman candidate, manned the steady Spartans attack, throwing for 256 yards and two touchdowns. Meanwhile, a slew of young backs racked up nearly 200 yards on the ground, including redshirt freshman Madre London, who helped the Spartans jump out to an early lead with two first quarter touchdowns.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday14 hrs ago
Baylor had a bit of a scare early Friday night against SMU, but the Bears held the Mustangs scoreless over the second half and pulled away for a 56-21 victory.
SMU hung with Baylor for most of the first half. SMU answered Baylor's first two touchdowns with touchdowns of its own, including a score on its first offensive play from scrimmage. The two first quarter touchdowns also meant that the Mustangs had more points in the first eight minutes of the 2015 season opener than they did through the first four games of the 2014 season. Yes, things may be a bit different in Dallas this year.
The game could have been tied at halftime too. Trailing 28-21, SMU was driving for a tying touchdown before the break. However, quarterback Matt Davis was sacked while expired in the second quarter as SMU didn't have any timeouts left. The bright side of the messup? It gave the Twittersphere a ton of jokes about these SMU fans incredulous at what they had just seen.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Western Michigan’s Darius Phillips nearly brought the opening kickoff back for a touchdown Friday night against Michigan State, but was stopped after a 70-yard gain.
Phillips succeeded on his second try later in the first quarter and had his head coach run stride for stride with him down the sideline.
See that guy in the gold shirt running as Phillips sprints up the sideline? That’s Broncos head coach P.J. Fleck encouraging Phillips on his way to a 100-yard touchdown.
Look at Coach Fleck go!!! Coulda housed that one himself up the sideline. pic.twitter.com/M3LTdyk0fB
Fleck, who is in his third season at WMU, showed he still has pretty good wheels like he did back in his playing days at Northern Illinois, where he was a star wide receiver. Fleck also spent a few seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, so the guy is a great athlete.
After going 1-11 in his first season at WMU, Fleck led the Broncos to a huge turnaround in 2014, when they went 8-5 and made a bowl game.
- Athlon Sports at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Each college football season starts off with less of a bang and more of a slow burn, with ranked teams rarely playing each other and few surprises. The only matchup between two ranked teams this weekend is when No. 3 Alabama faces No. 20 Wisconsin at Cowboys Stadium in the Advocare Classic (formerly the Cowboys Classic). This is just one of many efforts over the past four decades to bring a “bowl game” feel to the beginning of the college football season.
The first and longest-running of these efforts was the Kickoff Classic, which launched in 1983 at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, when defending national champion Penn State faced No. 1 Nebraska and was trounced 44-6. This occurred during the era of 11-game seasons, but the NCAA allowed teams to play a 12th game if they played in a Kickoff Classic-type game, whose legion would grow to include the Pigskin Classic, the Eddie Robinson Classic and the John Thompson Foundation Classic.
In 2002, the NCAA outlawed 12th games, thus bringing these traditions to an end. Ironically, the NCAA added a 12th game to the college football season in 2005 and since then a new breed of “Kickoff” games have emerged.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Marcus Mariota hasn’t been gone from Oregon for long, but the program already plans to honor the Heisman Trophy winner.
Oregon announced Thursday that it is planning a new “sports science center” named after Mariota. The facility, which would be named the “Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Complex,” was presented to the university’s board of trustees on Thursday. According to the program, construction on the new facility would begin in January 2016 if the board approves the idea at a meeting next week.
If approved, the new facility would add an estimated 29,000 square feet to the Casanova Center, Oregon’s football facility. A gift from Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife Penny, the project would also “refurbish the equipment room while transforming the existing locker room and storage space into a state-of-the-art sports science facility.”
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
Elijah Holyfield, afour-star running back, committed to Georgia on Friday, and he did so in style.
In addition to the usual – pulling out a Bulldogs hat – Holyfield also brought out two actual bulldogs in a ceremony at his school, Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Ga. Rivals.com’s Woody Wommack was on the scene to capture the cool moment.
Holyfield, the son of former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, told Rivals that he wanted his announcement to be “different than everybody else.”
“My coach came to me and said he found some dogs that I could use and I said, ‘Why not?’” Holyfield said.
Fittingly, the two dogs are named “Chubb” and “Girly” after current Georgia running back Nick Chubb and former UGA back Todd Gurley, who was picked in the first round by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL draft.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
Arizona may get star linebacker Scooby Wright back before the season ends.
According to CBS Sports, the team doesn't expect Wright's left knee injury to be season ending per "preliminary reports." Fox Sports reports that Wright will have more exams on his knee over the weekend.
Wright was scheduled to have an MRI on Friday afternoon. He left Arizona's game early on Thursday evening and was seen with a crutch on the sideline during the second half of the Wildcats' 42-32 win over UTSA.
Wright's father had said Thursday night that the injury was "not major."
I'll add this: Scooby Wright's dad said before the MRI that the injury was "not major," although that leaves a lot to interpret.