- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday44 mins ago
Stanford will take on Maryland in the Foster Farms Bowl without Ty Montgomery, its top playmaker on offense.
Montgomery, a senior wide receiver, has been dealing with a sprained right shoulder and Cardinal coach David Shaw said Sunday that he won’t play on Tuesday against the Terrapins.
“He can’t protect himself,” Shaw said, per the Mercury News. “We tried a couple different options. If the game was in a week, he’d be full go.”
Montgomery, who is also a huge threat on special teams as a kick returner, led Stanford with 61 catches and 604 yards this season. He injured the shoulder in Stanford’s win over Cal on Nov. 22 and did not play in the team’s regular season finale against UCLA on Nov. 28.
With Montgomery out, Stanford’s top available pass catcher against Maryland (7-5) is 6-foot-4, 254-pound tight end Austin Hooper. Hooper had 35 catches for 428 yards and two scores this season. Other top receivers include Devon Cajuste (30 catches, 510 yards, 4 TDs) and Michael Rector (23 catches, 309 yards and 2 TDs).
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Gary Andersen’s new staff at Oregon State is taking shape.
Andersen announced Sunday that Colorado State offensive coordinator Dave Baldwin will take the same position on his staff.
Baldwin served as Colorado State’s interim head coach in a Las Vegas Bowl loss to Utah after former CSU head coach Jim McElwain accepted the head-coaching job at Florida. Baldwin led the 18th-best offense in the country (480.9 yards per game) this season as the Rams won 10 games. The Rams were eighth nationally in passing offense, led by quarterback Garrett Grayson, who threw for 4,006 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Before coaching at Colorado State for the past three seasons, Baldwin was Andersen’s offensive coordinator at Utah State from 2009-2011. He also had stints as an assistant at Cincinnati, Baylor, Michigan State and New Mexico. Additionally, he was a head coach at San Jose State, Cal State Northridge, Santa Rosa Junior College and Santa Barbara Junior College.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 hr ago
Belk Bowl Louisville (9-3) vs. Georgia (9-3) Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 30, 2014
Did you know Todd Grantham is getting to face his former team?
If you've been paying attention to college football this season, you probably knew that. Grantham, Louisville's defensive coordinator, was Georgia's defensive coordinator in 2013 and joined Bobby Petrino's staff with the Cardinals in January.
Grantham was at Georgia for four years, so it figures that he'll have a good idea of what the Bulldogs would want to do on offense. However, any advantage from that possibility could be muted with the departure of Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo to Colorado State. Tight ends coach John Lilly will call the plays for Georgia, and while there will likely be some distinct similarities to Georgia's offense under Bobo, he could introduce some unexpected wrinkles.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday2 hrs ago
The Detroit Free Press got the Harbaugh brothers mixed up for the front page of its newspaper on Monday.
Jim Harbaugh, the former San Francisco 49ers coach, is looking like he'll be the Michigan head coach. And the Free-Press teased their story on Harbaugh's possible arrival at the top of the front page with a picture of his brother John, the coach of the Baltimore Ravens.
Yes, that's a Baltimore hat on John's head.
We realize mix-ups happen, but we're not sure if or how that passed through anyone in sports -- the hat should have been the giveaway. But on the bright side, it's better to do this now than at any point after Jim Harbaugh would become Michigan's coach, right?
Any announcement of his arrival will likely be Monday or Tuesday.
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
Jameis Winston was asked about the absence of Oregon CB Ifo Ekpre-Olomu on Sunday and said he hated that his team didn't get a chance to face a defender considered one of the best in college football.
"Well, I know a lot about Oregon's defense, period," Winston said. "I hate we don't get a chance to play against him. He's a great corner, but we played against [teammates] P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby, Jalen Ramsey, Tyler Hunter, on a daily basis. We see them every day, and I believe those guys are as good as he is, so we weren't really worried."
And then he upped the ante a little bit. If Ekpre-Olomu, who is out with a knee injury, was going to be in the Rose Bowl, Winston said Florida State wasn't going to avoid him.From Fox Sports:
"I don't mean to come off as arrogant, but we don't discriminate. Even if he was on the field, we were going to be looking forward to playing him.
- Sam Cooper at Dr. Saturday17 hrs ago
East Carolina will be without two defensive starters in the Birmingham Bowl against Florida.
The program announced Sunday that nose tackle Terry Williams and safety Domonique Lennon have been declared ineligible and won’t be able to play against the Gators on Jan. 3.
“While we are disappointed for Terry and Domonique, we expect everyone to succeed with the support system we have in place for our program,” head coach Ruffin McNeill said. “We talk about being responsible on and off the field as one of our core values, and when certain expectations are not met, no individual is above being held accountable.”
This is an unfortunate way to end the career or Williams, a 6-foot-1, 353-pound fifth-year senior. Williams returned from a knee injury to start eight games and appear in 10 games overall for the Pirates this season. He registered 34 tackles and 7.5 tackles for loss this season and earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors.
Lennon, a junior, started all 12 games this season at free safety and was third on the team with 65 total tackles.
The 8-4 Pirates will face the 6-5 Gators at noon on Jan. 3.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
North Carolina State WR Bo Hines announced Saturday that he'd be transferring.
Thank you Wolf Pack nation. pic.twitter.com/MWqyNeMw3K
Hines, a freshman, was N.C. State's leading receiver in 2014. He had 45 catches for 616 yards and was set to be an integral part of the Wolfpack offense in 2015.
He had three catches for 79 yards in the St. Petersburg Bowl win over UCF on Friday night.
Per the Charlotte Observer, Hines is expected to transfer to Yale.
“I truly enjoyed being Bo’s coach and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” N.C. State coach Dave Doeren said in a statement.
Hines was a three-star recruitfrom Charlotte, N.C., out of Charlotte Christian High School.
Sophomore TE David Grinnage and sophomore WR Bra'Lon Cherry become the Wolfpack's leading returning receivers. Each had 27 catches in 2014 and Grinnage had 358 yards while Cherry had 354.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Miami running back Duke Johnson won't stick around for his senior season.
A day after the Hurricanes lost to South Carolina in the Independence Bowl, Johnson announced that he'd be heading to the NFL draft. "I will be going to the NFL next year," Johnson said via CaneSport.com. "I think at this stage in my life, I'm at the stage in the NFL where backs don't get too much value. I think it's best and get a jump while I can. It's what is best for me and my family."
He also said the decision was for his grandmother, a woman who has been an integral part of Johnson's life.
"At the end of the day everything I do is for her and my grandmother who has sacrificed so much," Johnson said. "This decision is made for them, too, just to help them out and put them in the best situation."
- Graham Watson at Dr. Saturday23 hrs ago
Texas Bowl Arkansas (6-6) vs. Texas (6-6) Houston Dec 29, 2014
If you have to pit two 6-6 teams against each other, you might as well do it with a historical rivalry in mind.
Texas and Arkansas are two former Southwest Conference rivals that used to engage in some epic games, but the two teams haven’t played since 2008. However, this game has the potential to get Arkansas on the right side of this rivalry after losing the last two in the series.
And Arkansas has to be feeling pretty confident after winning two of its final three — both wins against to 25 teams — become bowl eligible.
It’s fair to say Arkansas was the best 6-6 team in the country and it certainly played the toughest schedule with eight of those opponents ranked in the Top 25. However, the Arkansas offense, especially its running game, always seemed to be step-for-step with its competition. That’s due in part to Arkansas gigantic offensive line, which allowed the running game to average 220.3 yards per game, which ranked 28th in the country.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday1 day ago
Russell Athletic Bowl Oklahoma (8-4) vs. Clemson (9-3) Orlando, Fla. Dec. 29, 2014
It's dejå vu all over again for Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight.
Last year, Knight became the darling of the 2013 bowl season with his performance against Alabama. As the Sooners upset the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl, Knight was 32-44 passing for 348 yards, four touchdowns and a lone interception.
It was Knight's best performance of his young career and came as he was wrangling the starting quarterback job away from Blake Bell, who moved to tight end in 2014. Oh, and it also set up some unrealistic expectations for Knight's 2014 season.
And they were expectations that he unsurprisingly didn't fill. Before he suffered an incredibly frightening neck injury against Baylor, Knight was in the midst of a productive yet not spectacular campaign. While his stats didn't look horrible -- his one really bad game came against TCU -- there seemed to be frequent moments of longing from Oklahoma fans. Knight was playing well, but he could also play better.