- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
If a Texas vs. Texas A&M bowl matchup does or doesn't happen, it's not because Texas A&M controlled the matchup, according to A&M athletic director Eric Hyman.
With Texas now bowl eligible and the Aggies with four losses, it's been fun to speculate if the two rivals and former Big 12 and Southwestern conference mates would meet in a bowl like the Texas Bowl in Houston. The matchup would instantly sell the game out and reignite a football rivalry that's gone dormant since A&M went to the SEC.
However, Hyman said Wednesday that the pairing was "out of our control."
“Quite frankly, that’s a decision made by the conference,” Hyman told the Houston Chronicle on Wednesday evening. “The configuration is so different than it’s been in the past. They ask us to rank the bowls, and they ask the bowls to rank us. The (SEC) then ranks all the different teams from that, and that’s how the selection will be made.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday12 hrs ago
Indiana’s loss to Rutgers last weekend dropped its record to 3-7 on the season with a tough challenge at No. 6 Ohio State on the horizon. Despite the team’s struggles, school athletic director Fred Glass said Friday that he is pleased with the direction of the program under head coach Kevin Wilson.
“To me, the answer is a resounding yes, notwithstanding the lack of wins this year,” Glass told the Indianapolis Star.
Nearing the end of his fourth season at the helm, Wilson boasts a 5-25 record in Big Ten play and is just 13-33 overall.
The Hoosiers have not won a game since starting quarterback Nate Sudfeld went down with a season-ending shoulder injury during the team’s Oct. 11 game loss to Iowa. Glass knows the team’s struggles at the quarterback position – third-string true freshman Zander Diamont has been starting – have had a dramatic impact on the team’s record.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
If you are a fan of the crazy chrome helmets North Carolina wore against Duke Thursday night, you can now own one – but it’s going to cost you.
After the game, which the Tar Heels won 45-20 on the road, the program announced that a limited number of game-worn Carolina blue chrome helmets are for sale for a whopping $1,195. If that price wasn’t steep enough, you’ll have to pony up an extra $29.95 for shipping and handling in order to receive the helmet.
The win clinched bowl eligibility and improved the Tar Heels’ overall record to 6-5 (4-3 ACC) on the season. On top of that, the win ended rival Duke’s chance of winning the ACC Coastal division for the second straight season.
I guess that adds a bit of extra value to the helmet.
The Tar Heels will host NC State in their regular season finale next Saturday, Nov. 29 at 12:30 p.m. ET.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Another 5-5 week makes us 51-68-1. If we go 19-1 over the next two weeks, .500 is possible!
Northwestern (PK) at Purdue, Noon ET: Letdown line after Northwestern's win over Notre Dame? Purdue is an improved team from last year, but we'll take the Wildcats with potential bowl eligibility at stake. To get to .500, Northwestern has to beat Purdue and Illinois. It's doable, but not guaranteed. Because you've seen Northwestern play this year, right?
Minnesota at Nebraska (OVER 56.5), Noon ET: Minnesota is a very good running team, similar to the one that, uh, ran all over Nebraska last week. Well, OK, it was Melvin Gordon, but still, the point stands. And Nebraska should be able to move the ball on the Gophers as well. This is a game that will come down to Tommy Armstrong and Mitch Leidner, which is why we're not necessarily confident in picking a winner.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday16 hrs ago
Mississippi State DB Justin Cox has been suspended indefinitely after a reported alleged burglary and domestic violence incident.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen announced the suspension in a statement on Friday morning.
Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department Lt. Brett Watson said deputies responded to a burglary call on Rocky Road in the Aspen Heights apartment complex at about 3 a.m. Friday. He said upon arrival, deputies found a female victim with an injury to her head. Watson would not identify the victim.
Cox has played in nine games this season and has 21 tackles.
Mississippi State plays Vanderbilt on Saturday before playing Ole Miss on Nov. 29.
For more Mississippi State news, visit BulldogBlitz.com.
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- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
It’s hard to believe that there are only two full weekends of college football remaining.
It seems like only yesterday we were championing Texas A&M as the next great SEC challenger and calling quarterback Kenny Hill the next Heisman winner. Now, A&M has four losses and Hill isn’t even the starter anymore.
Time sure does fly, but even with two weeks remaining very little is solved. So many conferences have division titles up for grabs and while some of that might get solved this weekend, a lot of it will be left to the final week of the year.
Sadly, this weekend doesn’t have a lot of marquee games. Several SEC teams are taking their FCS breaks and there are a lot of other ranked teams playing some of the weaker teams in their respective conferences.
Still, we’ve tried to highlight the better games this week for your viewing enjoyment.
Here’s what to watch in Week 13:
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday18 hrs ago
Syracuse coach Scott Shafer said Thursday that quarterback Terrel Hunt will miss the remainder of the season.
Hunt, a senior, fractured his left fibula against Louisville on October 4 and was originally expected to miss four-to-six weeks with the injury. However, he won't be ready for the Orange's final two games of the season.
"Terrel's down," Shafer said Thursday via Syracuse.com."He's getting better, it's just that bones heal differently in each kid. He won't be available for the rest of the season, but he's doing a nice job with school, he's adjusted to the situation well and he's helping us with the young guys. He's been very attentive to meetings, but he won't be available."
Hunt will finish the season with 983 passing yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. He had 1.638 yards, 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2013.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday19 hrs ago
West Mesquite (Texas) High School QB Chason Virgil is no longer committed to Mississippi State, and his coach isn't happy about it.
Virgil said he was requested by Mississippi State to grayshirt, which means he was asked to enroll as a freshman in the second semester of his freshman year. He's scheduled to graduate early from high school in December.
He's now looking for another school.
"It's out of the blue," Virgil told Bulldog Blitz. "Head coach (Jeff) Neill just pulled me into his office and told me that they contacted them and told them about it. It kind of made me mad," Virgil said. "I just really hated the fact they waited until close to December to let me know that knowing I was graduating early. I just look at that like it was really bad business they were doing. It was basically like they were trying to pull their scholarship just in a slicker way."
Neill voiced his frustrations about Mississippi State's request on Twitter.
Miss St. pulls scholarship from our QB Chason Virgil w/16 days til graduation. Classless move by "coach" Dan Mullen
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Georgia Tech is going to the ACC championship.
Thanks to Duke ‘s 45-20 loss to North Carolina (the Tar Heels are bowl eligible now, by the way), the Yellow Jackets are the outright winners of the ACC Coastal Division. They had clinched a share of the division title last week after Duke lost to Virginia Tech, but they needed the Blue Devils to drop one of their two final games to win the division outright.
That actually seemed like a bit of a pipe dream considering the Blue Devils' final two contests were against two teams without winning records — the Tar Heels and Wake Forest. But North Carolina jumped on Duke early, forced turnovers and never relinquished the lead.
Georgia Tech is now headed to the ACC title game for the third time in the past six years, and this year’s trip might be the most entertaining.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Kansas State’s 26-20 win against West Virginia on Thursday was what was best for the Big 12 Conference.
The win not only strengthens — and might even improve — the No. 12 Wildcats ranking, it also strengthens TCU’s win against.
While it might appear that another loss for West Virginia only diminishes Baylor’s hopes of ever surpassing TCU in the College Football Playoff rankings, it actually makes that Dec. 6 contest against Kansas State that much more important for the Bears — and for Kansas State.
While no one has been talking about the possibility of Kansas State winning the Big 12, it’s still possible. If the Wildcats were to win out and TCU were to lose at least one of its final two contests, the Wildcats would be the conference champions and might even claim a spot in the College Football Playoff.
However, in this scenario, a two-loss Kansas State team isn't as attractive as some of the other possible two-loss teams out there, and would still be below and one-loss teams remaining.