- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Following Michigan State’s upset of Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Spartans fans took to the streets of East Lansing and decided it was a good idea to riot.
Fires were started, cars were overturned, couches burned and several arrests were made in the wee hours of Sunday morning. No one was injured.
Police are looking for anyone to identify people in various photographs (and possibly in the above video) to help with more arrests.
“If you burn a couch, if you break the law ... you are not one of us,” said Scott Westerman, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association told the Detroit News.
An estimated 2,000 people gathered near Cedar Village apartments across from the MSU campus, a traditional hotspot of large-scale celebratory partying. Revelers ripped landscaping trees from near the complex to feed a huge bonfire.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
Voting for the Heisman Trophy concludes Monday, and most assume that Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the outright favorite for the award on Saturday. And that includes Las Vegas, if you can even find odds posted for the Heisman any longer.
Sportsbook.comhas Winston as 1/150 odds to win the Heisman. No, that's not reversed. To win a dollar, you need to bet $150. If you want to pick anyone else in college football from Jordan Lynch to Johnny Manziel to your alma mater's third string kicker, he's at 50/1.
You can get slightly better odds on Winston atBetOnline.com. He's at 1/70 to win the Heisman there, while the field is 35/1. There are no college football player props listed at Bovada, who had Winston at 1/10 a week ago.
If you were lucky enough to bet on Winston before the season at Bovada, he was listed at 33/1 to win the Heisman and was tied for the 16th best odds of winning. The preseason favorite was Ohio State Braxton Miller at 9/2, while South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney was at 13/2.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
ESPN reporter Heather Cox took a lot of heat over the weekend after she asked Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston about the sexual assault investigation following the ACC title game.
Several fans, mostly from Florida State, felt like Cox ambushed Winston and Winston’s attorney, Tim Jansen took to Twitter expressing his disgust and demanding an apology.
But in an interview with SI.com’s Richard Deitsch, Cox said Florida State told her the postgame interview was unrestricted and that he bosses gave her the go-ahead to ask anything she wanted, including trying to obtain Winston’s first unrehearsed comments about a case that had nearly derailed his Heisman chances and Florida State’s national championship hopes.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday3 hrs ago
Not only did Oregon's football playersgo sledding on Friday, some were involved in a snowball incident on campus.
A video was posted by Oregon's student newspaper showing students throwing snowballs at cars trying to pass through campus and on Sunday night, Oregon coach Mark Helfrich released a statement saying that football players who participated in the snowball throwing would be punished.
“On Saturday, I was made aware of an incident that occurred Friday afternoon during the snow day involving multiple Oregon students including members of the football team," Helfrich said in the statement. "The behavior exhibited in the video is completely unacceptable and dangerous. We take this matter very seriously and disciplinary actions have begun.”
No word on which players are being disciplined.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday4 hrs ago
Southern Mississippi broke the nation's longest losing streak and now each departing senior has a suit, courtesy of coach Todd Monken.
Monken, Southern Miss's first-year coach, bought the players suits for any job interviews that they may have in the future. Yes, sometimes there is more to life than football. That picture was posted by Bret Becton, a professor at Southern Miss.
This is USM's football coach. pic.twitter.com/6P1FxubCT5
— eric solis (@aerics) December 9, 2013
It's an incredibly cool gesture, and before you ask, no, it's not a violation of NCAA rules. Per the NCAA gift rule, seniors can receive up to $425 in gifts. We mentioned that rule earlier this seasonwhen Maryland players were initially thinking they had to wait to receive the game ballsthat they were awarded so the balls didn't count against the gift rule.
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday15 hrs ago
Well, it’s finally here – the last days of the BCS.
Go ahead, weep. It’s OK. The BCS has been a good sparring pal, keeping us on our toes while we debated the merits of one team getting a bid over another. Heck, even in its final year it gave us a little controversy with an interesting decision that put Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl ahead of Oregon.
Still, we'll miss our dear friend, the BCS, as we usher in a new era of a college football playoff.
When the dust clears on the 2013-14 season, either Florida State or Auburn will be crowned champion. But before we get to that, there are 34 other bowls that deserve our attention – some less than others.
The bowl season wasn’t exactly kind this year, There are a couple good matchups, but there are also a lot of duds and a few games that are just absolutely unwatchable.
We here at Dr. Saturday break them all down for you, 1 to 35:
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
The Sun Belt Conference had more teams eligible for bowls than it had bowl spots. While that may be a good problem to have, it's still a problem. So the conference took the step of offering the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl and the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl money to select a Sun Belt team.
Neither bowl took the conference's offer.
"And during the past several weeks, I have been in discussions and negotiations with all the bowls that might be open. Specifically, the Sun Belt targeted the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl and Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl and was in negotiations with both up until final decisions were made," Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson said in a statement.
"The Sun Belt Conference Presidents and Chancellors authorized me two weeks ago to use Sun Belt funds at my discretion to entice both bowls to take a Sun Belt team. As a result, the Sun Belt made very significant financial offers to both bowls that clearly exceeded anything the Sun Belt has done in previous years."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
BCS National Championship Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 6, 2014 No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
An early look at the matchup: Initially, the draw of this game will be the offenses. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, the likely Heisman winner, has dazzled all season with accuracy and poise not often seen by a freshman. The Florida State receivers are big and physical and the running game with James Wilder Jr., makes the Seminoles a tough matchup.
Auburn’s offense revolves around quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason, who anchor the nation’s leading rushing attack with 335.7 yards per game. The Tigers showed just how dominant that rushing game can be by throttling a Missouri rush defense that started the game ranked No. 2 in the SEC and finished No. 9 after allowing 545 rushing yards, including 304 to Mason.
But the story of the game will be defense. Florida State has a good one, Auburn doesn’t. The Seminoles lead the nation allowing just 10.7 points per game and are ranked third in the country allowing just 268.5 yards per game. They have stifled almost every opponent they have played and are especially good against the run, allowing 116.5 yards per game.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla. Jan. 3, 2014 Ohio State vs. Clemson
An early look at the matchup: The Orange Bowl features two teams with dynamic offenses with tons of speed and bend but don’t break defenses. The immediate draw is to the quarterback position with dual threats Braxton Miller and Tajh Boyd running the show for Ohio State and Clemson, respectively.
Each quarterback has their fair share of weapons to work with, but Braxton Miller and Ohio State do most of their damage on the ground. Miller threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns while also accumulating an impressive 1,033 yards and 10 scores on the ground. The Buckeyes have a versatile run game with Carlos Hyde in the backfield. He and Miller can gash defenses consistently with the read-option, but when Miller is under center, there is a high likelihood that he is handing the ball to Hyde (1,408 yards and 14 touchdowns). Wideouts Philly Brown and Devin Smith each accumulated 655 receiving yards and combined for 18 touchdowns. They are the top deep threats for OSU.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, La. Jan. 2, 2014 Oklahoma vs. Alabama
An early look at the matchup: Hey, it's Oklahoma and Alabama. Two of college football's most recognizable programs. This is going to be a rock 'em, sock 'em slugfest, right?
Well, we're not optimistic. Starting next season, the Sugar Bowl is between teams from the Big 12 and SEC. The Sooners are behind the Oregon Ducks in the BCS standings, but the Sugar Bowl has the opportunity to get a head start on the matchup. Plus, Oklahoma is closer and easily driveable, and the bowl can count on more fans to make the trek. Alabama is close too, so it's going to be a house of crimson. But we're deprived of the opportunity of seeing Oregon's offense against Alabama's defense. If you're a neutral, isn't that the more intriguing game?